Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Women Candidates for the American Presidency: from Victoria Woodhull to Hillary Clinton

WHAT: University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series presents Women Candidates for the American Presidency: from Victoria Woodhull to Hillary Clinton. The featured speaker for this event is Sara Evans, a pioneer in the field of women’s history, who taught at the University of Minnesota from 1976-2008.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium on the lower level of Brookens Library

(The event will be available via live webcast and video on demand at http://www.uis.edu/technology/uislive.html)

DETAILS: In celebration of 2010 marking the 90th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting voting privilege to all American women and in honor of Women’s History Month, this event examines women and the presidency.

Hillary Clinton may have been the first truly viable female candidate for the presidency, but she was far from the first to run. In fact, she is part of a very long line of women who have challenged cultural assumptions about gender and political power. Understanding the importance of her accomplishment – and the more than two centuries of linked struggles for gender and racial equality — requires a look back at the many women who broke the path and began to make the unthinkable, thinkable.

Sara Evans has been an active feminist since 1967 and chronicled the feminist movement in the late 20th century in several books including Personal Politics, Wage Justice, Born for Liberty, and Tidal Wave.

This event is produced by ECCE and the UIS Women’s Center, with financial support from the Student Government Association (SGA).

For more information and a list of other speakers series events visit http://illinois.edu/goto/speakerseries or contact Kimberly Craig at 217/206-6245 or craig.kimberly@uis.edu.

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