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
For National History Day contestants. Upcoming — January 30: Iona College. February 4: Sagamore Hill. March 27: Ephemera Society of America. March 30: TBA April 4: Avon-on-Sea Public Library, Avon CT June 4-6: “Métiers et professions des médias (XVIIIe-XXIe siècles),” Université de Lausanne. Link to past appearances.
Coming March 2020: Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage, Linda Steiner, Carolyn Kitch, Brooke Kroeger, eds.