Women and Gender Seminar: Celebrating 20 Years of Unequal Sisters: An Inclusive Reader in U.S. Women’s History

Women and Gender Seminar
Friday, September 10, 2010

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

We are celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Unequal Sisters: An Inclusive Reader in American Women’s History, with a panel discussing the volume’s impact on the panelists personally, and on the field of women’s history more generally.  Panelists will revisit their own work in the volume, and discuss patterns in the historiography on women of color.  Panelists will also consider how they think a reader such as this and the work it encompassed has affected the larger story of women’s history, both in terms of research and teaching.  What has changed in women’s history since the introduction of this volume, and what do we still need to accomplish in terms of writing truly inclusive women’s history?
 
Previously published articles by our panelists will be pre-circulated electronically to those who plan to attend the seminar in person.  Please note that the discussion will be less focused on the articles than usual.

Panelists:
Barbara Posadas, Northern Illinois University
“Crossing Boundaries in Interracial Chicago: Pilipino American Families since 1925,” in Unequal Sisters: An Inclusive Reader in American Women’s History

Tessie Liu, Northwestern University
“Teaching the Differences among Women from a Historical Perspective: Rethinking Race and Gender as Social Categories,” in Unequal Sisters: An Inclusive Reader in American Women’s History

Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, Indiana University
“The Bettingall-Tunno Family and the Free Black Women of Antebellum Charleston: A Freedom Both Contingent and Constrained,” in Marjorie Julian Spruill et al., eds., South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times, Volume One