Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics
Collaborative Programs
Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room
Marjorie J. Spruill
Wed, July 19th, 2017 | 7:00 pm

Event Details

In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free lectures on popular topics including the Supreme Court, the Cold War, presidential biography, and more.

In 1977, leading voices in the women’s rights movement, including Bella Abzug and Gloria Steinem, met in Houston for the National Women’s Conference. There, they adopted a National Plan of Action and endorsed controversial issues such as abortion rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, and gay rights. Meanwhile, leaders of the conservative women’s movement, including Phyllis Schlafly and Lottie Beth Hobbs, held a massive rally across town to protest federally funded feminism and launch a pro-family movement. In commemoration of the 40th anniversary, this timely talk explores how these monumental events defined modern politicization of women’s issues.

Marjorie J. Spruill, Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and an authority on the American women’s rights movement, is the author of Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics.


This program will be held at the Reading Room in Bryant Park. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.

Rain Venue: In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. In case of severe weather, please check for the indoor location or contact the New-York Historical’s Department of Public Programs at 212-485-9205.


Free Admission. No advance reservation is required. First come, first served.


This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation

Creative: Tronvig Group