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The Kluge Center Celebrates Women’s History Month

This is a two-part blog post. Check back for part two.

The John W. Kluge Center has had the privilege of hosting scholars doing important research on the history and work of women in the world—scholars who have shared their expertise with the public in events and blog posts. As part of our celebration of Women’s History Month, we are taking the opportunity to highlight many ways you can learn about women’s history from our recent and past programs.

Most recently, the Kluge Center and the Library of Congress Congressional Relations Office hosted Representative Sheila Jackson Lee and Senator Shelley Moore Capito for conversations with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. Jackson Lee and Capito shared reflections on their roles in history as women and Members of Congress, their inspirations and heroes, and the advancements that they hope to see in the future. Read more about the event here.

Thérèse Bonney was a pioneering photojournalist, as well as a syndicator, curator, and spy. Kluge Fellow Caroline Riley researches Bonney’s role in the history of photo syndication and the way that shaped the history of how Americans understand the world. She spoke with the Kluge Center’s Sophia Zahner for a blog post on Bonney’s life and impact.

Alice Guy-Blaché was the first woman film director. She began her work in the 1890s and continued through the early 20th century working in some of the most significant early film studios in France and the United States. Former Kluge Fellow Kim Tomadjoglou studies film history and preservation, including the work of Guy-Blaché. In a two-part interview, Tomadjoglou discussed the Guy-Blaché’s biography, work, and role in history.

The Kluge Center hosted an interview with Distinguished Visiting Scholar Martha Jones on her book “Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All.” She talked about the history of African American women activists in the struggles for racial and gender equality in the US. Jones talked about trailblazing activists like Maria Stewart, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and Fannie Lou Hamer, and the political battles they fought against unjust systems.

In 2019, the Kluge Center hosted three scholars of women’s history for a panel discussion celebrating 100 years of women voting in the US. Christina Wolbrecht, Jane Junn, and Colleen Shogan talked about the last hundred years of women’s involvement in politics, and the role that women play as voters in American politics today.

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