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NATIONAL SCHOLAR ON WOMEN’S HISTORY TO OUTLINE
OF IROQUOIS WOMEN IN
SELECTING TRIBAL CHIEFS DURING SRU VISIT
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.
–Nationally acclaimed scholar in women’s history Dr.
Sally Roesch Wagner will discuss her new book “Sisters in
Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American
Feminists” when she addresses the Slippery Rock University
community at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 31.
free lecture will be presented in the university’s Spotts
World Culture Building Auditorium. The visit is sponsored by
SRU’s Women’s Studies Program, the President’s
Commission on the Status of Women, the Multicultural Center and the
department of sociology, anthropology and social work.
work details the six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy where
women have the responsibility of nominating and counseling the
chiefs – and alone have the authority to remove chiefs.
Wagner reports the status of Iroquois women remains superior to
that of women in the United States while pointing to how the Native
American culture was absorbed by women’s rights leaders in
the U.S. Her lecture will outline how 19th -century
suffragists came to understand the authority held by the Iroquois
women and the influence they had on the social justice work of
Matilda Joslyn Gage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia
who appeared in Ken Burns’ PBS documentary “Not for
Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B.
Anthony,” on PBS’ “One Woman, One Vote,”
and on National Public Radio’s “Democracy Now,”
brings 30 years of scholarship and study to her talk. She has
written numerous books and articles on the 19th -century
women’s rights movement and serves as executive director of
the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation in Fayetteville. N.Y.
with questions should contact Dr. Jace Condravy at