Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series Public Program “Women and the White House: First Mothers” Lesley Stahl, Elizabeth Mehren, Gil Troy, and Cokie Roberts - February 26, 2014
The Center’s scholarly programming joins the Historical Society’s suite of robust and celebrated seminars, conferences, and public programs, serving as a locus for debate, discussion, and new scholarship relating to the study of women’s history. Seminars and programming will look to the past to contemplate the role of women’s history in current thinking and potentially controversial debates on a range of topics from gender to feminism to political discourse.
In addition, the annual Diane L. and Adam E. Max Conference in Women’s History will convene scholars and thinkers around pertinent topics concerning women’s issues and their relevance to broader movements. In collaboration with the Center’s scholarly advisers, the garment industry has been selected as the inaugural conference’s historical focus. This industry has been one of the most female-dominated in the world. The symposium’s scheduled panel discussions will open up conversations about production in the garment industry, including the shifting ethnic workforce as well as the role of women organizers and trade unions. They will also cover issues related to the distribution and consumption of clothing, including the rise of the department store and the complicated relationships between class, fashion, and shopping.
Sweat Equity: Women in the Garment Industry