October 14, 2017 –
Moderator: Erika Pribanic-Smith (Texas-Arlington)
Panelists: Brooke Kroeger (New York), Caryl Cooper (Alabama), Kimberly Wilmot Voss (Central Florida), Jane Marcellus (Middle Tennessee State)
This panel examines ways that women have historically employed articles of clothing and manners of grooming as symbols in feminist campaigns for social change. Because these campaigns often employed media spectacle, their symbolism is of interest to media historians. Examining 19th-century Dress Reform, early 20th-century suffrage garb, hairstyles across several eras, pants in the 1970s, and finally 21st-century “pussy hats,” panelists will discuss themes such as the disruption of gendered expectations (i.e. pants as naturally “male”), the use of traditionally feminine skills (sewing and knitting) to undermine and reframe symbolic oppression, feminist use of media and the news media’s treatment of them.
Moderator: Erika Pribanic-Smith, University of Texas-Arlington
Caryl Cooper, University of Alabama
Brooke Kroeger, New York University
Jane Marcellus, Middle Tennessee State University
Kimberly Wilmot Voss, University of Central Florida
The Suffragents won the Gold Medal in US History in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards and was a finalist for the 2018 Sally and Morris Lasky Prize, presented by the Center for Political History at Lebanon Valley College. Brooke’s “Summer Camp Newsletters” (with photos and often video) and Facebook posts from book-related appearances. Reviews, notices, and articles about her books under their titles here. National History Day contestants, please read this.
Next up: 2019: UCLA Law Conference on Food and Animal Rights: February 23. Scarsdale Women’s Club, March 13. National Women’s Republican Club, May 15.