"Women's Suffrage, Self-Defense, and the Struggle for Equality in the Progressive Era"

Wendy Rouse: “Women's Suffrage, Self-Defense, and the Struggle for Equality in the Progressive Era”

Part of the University Forum Lecture Series: Appalachian Celebrates the 19th Amendment, 125 Years of Women's Suffrage

October 3, 2019, 5 pm
Parkway Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union (map)

Wendy Rouse is Associate Professor of History at San Jose State University.  Her research focuses on the history of women and children in the Progressive Era.  She is the author of Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women's Self-Defense Movement, 1890-1920 (New York University Press, 2017).  

At the turn of the 20th Century, women organized to demand greater social and political freedoms like gaining the right to vote. Some women also took up boxing and jiu-jitsu, and through such training debunked patriarchal myths about inherent feminine weakness, created a new image of women as powerful and self-reliant, and opened up conversations about the violence many women faced in their own homes. Collectively, women's self-defense echoed through the 20th Century, demanding emancipation from the constrictions that prevented women from exercising their full rights as citizens and human beings.

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Published: Aug 28, 2019 4:43pm