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Early Registration Price (by May 19): $180
Regular Price (after May 19): $198
This seminar will juxtapose poet and radical feminist Adrienne Rich’s Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Institution with conservative Phyllis Schlafly’s Who Killed the American Family?. What can we learn from these politically opposed women about motherhood, family, policy, writing, and activism? How do we understand women’s studies through the perspective of a champion and a critic? How will history remember these women, and does their legacy shed new light on women in America today? Six sessions.
Susan Lyons focuses her independent scholarship on the intersection of capitalism and humanism. Her MBA and MLA degrees provide varying perspectives on the tensions surrounding feminism. In addition to consulting and civic work, she writes poetry and blogs.
- Adrienne Rich, Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution. Reissued 1995. Norton Paperback Edition. ISBN 0-393-31284-4
- Phyllis Schlafly, Who Killed the American Family? 2014. WND Books. Hardcover ISBN 978-1-938067-52-5
- Amber E. Kinser, Negotiating Spaces For/Through Third-Wave Feminism. NWSA Journal, Volume 16, Number 3, Fall 2004, pp. 124-153. This article can be accessed by clicking here.
- A Timeline of Women's Rights from 1769 to the 2017 Women's March on Washington. https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2017-01-20/timeline-the-womens-rights-movement-in-the-us
- Adrienne Rich - Poetry Foundation Biography. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/adrienne-rich
- “Claiming an Education,” Commencement Address delivered at Douglass College by Adrienne Rich, 1977. http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic469725.files/Rich-Claiming%20an%20Education-1.pdf
- Obituary, New York Times, March 28, 2012. https://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/books/adrienne-rich-feminist-poet-and-author-dies-at-82.html
- Phyllis Schlafly - Eagle Forum Biography. https://eagleforum.org/about/bio.html
- Phyllis Schlafly, “What’s Wrong with ‘Equal Rights’ for Women?”, Phyllis Schlafly Report 5, no. 7 February 1972. https://eagleforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/PSR-Feb1972.pdf
- Please note: The link for this piece has been updated.
- Cambell, Colleen. “Schlafly Controversy Proves her Continuing Relevance.” St. Louis Post Dispatch, May 15, 2008. https://colleen-campbell.com/P-D_Columns/PD080515Schlafly.htm
- Klonick, Kate. “Why America Needs More Housewives Like Phyllis Schlafly.” The Atlantic, Sept 7. 2016. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/09/why-america-needs-more-housewives-like-phyllis-schlafly/498917/
- Obituary, Phyllis Schlafly. New York Times, September 5, 2016. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/06/obituaries/phyllis-schlafly-conservative-leader-and-foe-of-era-dies-at-92.html?_r=0
- For the first class, read Adrienne Rich's, Of Woman Born, Foreword through chapter 3 (pp.11-83)
- Review the handout - A Timeline of Women's Rights from 1769 to the 2017 Women's March on Washington - available online here: https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2017-01-20/timeline-the-womens-rights-movement-in-the-us