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Speakers in the Humanities @ Petit
Saturday, October 25, 2014
2:30 PM, Petit Branch
Lecture: “The Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Influence on Women's Rights”, by Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, Founding Director, Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation
Imagine that women had the right to choose all political representatives and to remove from office anyone who didn't address the wishes and needs of the people. Haudenosaunee (traditional Iroquois) women have had that responsibility and more, since long before Columbus came to these shores. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage, the two major theoreticians of the early women's rights movement, had direct knowledge of the Haudenosaunee, writing about the superior social, political, religious, and economic status of women in the Iroquois nations. Their work for women's rights, Wagner argues, was inspired by the vision they received from the Haudenosaunee of gender balance and harmony.
This Speakers in the Humanities event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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