Many remarkable mothers have given birth to American presidents, and as a result, helped shape the course of history through their relationships. Although America has yet to elect a female President, many women have played important parts in shaping presidential administrations and in changing the roles and the perceptions of women in politics. To celebrate the centennial of the Women’s Suffrage Parade of 1913, four experts discuss past First Mothers who have influenced a nation.
9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–11 am: Discussion
Over fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Equal Pay Act of 1963 with an aim to rectify the imbalances between women and men in the workforce. But how far have women really come? Debora Spar, the president of one of the most esteemed all-women schools in the nation, examines the difficult choices and enduring challenges that continue to confront women today.
Note: This program has been canceled because Jill Lepore has been nominated for the 2013 National Book Award, and her attendance at award-related events is mandatory the evening of November 19. Thank you very much for your interest in and support of New-York Historical Society's public programs.
Who was Jane Franklin, the younger, impoverished, and obscure sister of one of the most remarkable men of his time?
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Learn about one woman who stood up for what she believed in and paved the way for women voters.
Dorothy Thompson was the first female head of a European news bureau, and a columnist and commentator whom Time magazine once ranked alongside Eleanor Roosevelt as the most influential woman in America. Rebecca West blazed a trail for herself as a journalist, literary critic, novelist and historian.