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Women's History Month 2022 at Wofford: Select Library Resources

Theme for 2022: "Knowing Her Place: Women as Activists, Creators, Leaders, & Superwomen"

Campus Events & Streaming Options (plus one Zoom registration)

Wednesday, March 9 [on campus and livestreamed]

Unsuitable: Women, History, and Romance Fiction (and the People Who Rebelliously Study It) / presented by Dr. Katharine Dubois, Lecturing Fellow of History, Duke University

Time: 6:00 PM

Place: McMillan Theatre, Mungo Student Center

Details: Dr. Katharine Dubois, aka romance novelist Katharine Ashe, will present "Unsuitable: Women, History, and Romance Fiction (and the People Who Rebelliously Study It)." Copies of three of her historical romance novels will be available for purchase and signing. Her talk will be livestreamed at and at


Tuesday, March 15 [on campus and livestreamed]

No Longer "His Girl Friday" / presented by Dr. Katherine Turk, Associate Professor of History at UNC-Chapel Hill

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: 213 Olin Building

Details: Dr. Turk's talk will examine how women strove to transform the American workplace after the passage of sex equality laws. Her presentation draws from her book Equality on Trial, which won the 2017 Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize in US Women’s and/or Gender History from the Organization of American Historians. (Wofford's library as Equality on Trial online!)  Print copies of Equality on Trial will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Dr. Turk's talk will be livestreamed at and at


Monday, March 21 [on campus and livestreamed]

"A Very Thorough Lady": The Complicated Life of Ellen Call Long / presented by Dr. Tracy Revels, Professor of History, Wofford College

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Olin Theatre

Details: This biographical talk will introduce “one of the most interesting women you haven’t met yet,” a nineteenth-century southerner whose complicated life provides insight into many concepts essential to the study of American women’s history, including republican motherhood, the role of gender in the Civil War, and women’s efforts towards national reconciliation in the Gilded Age. Ellen Call Long played a wide variety of roles---from dutiful daughter to abandoned wife to scandal-provoking novelist---and demonstrated a spirit that refused to bend to the social expectations of the age. This event will also be livestreamed at and at

Copies of Dr. Revels's book Sunshine Paradise: A History of Florida Tourism will be awarded as door prizes to in-person attendees!


Tuesday, March 29 [on campus]

The Renovation Will Be Televised: A Toolkit for Inclusive Leadership / presented by Dr. Lena Hill, Provost of Washington and Lee University

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Leonard Auditorium Main Building

Details: Dr. Hill will reflect on her own career trajectory, her commitment to enabling diverse leadership, and specific actions that we can undertake to help institutions maintain important traditions while moving towards equity.


Wednesday, March 30 [on campus and livestreamed]

"They Done a Very Bad Act": Rape in the Civil War and Reconstruction / presented by Nora Williams, from the Wofford Class of 2021

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: 213 Olin Building

Details: Williams's project (available online through our library) draws from sociology, feminist philosophy, and Southern history to provide a more complete analysis of rape in the Civil War and Reconstruction than previously discussed. This research examines antebellum gender norms, the intersection of race and gender, the impact of slavery on Black women’s sexuality and agency, the weaponization of rape in war, and the impact of Klan violence on Black communities during Reconstruction. Additionally, this research proposes explanations for how the nature of war created an environment in which Union soldiers committed wanton acts of violence such as rape. Finally, this project examines the continuation of rape during Reconstruction by analyzing how the legal measures laid forth in the Lieber Code during the Civil War provided the framework for Southern women’s continued legal efforts to combat gender-based violence. This event will also be livestreamed at and at


Thursday, March 31 [Zoom event, registration required]

Superwomen and Social Change: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Superhero Comics, TV, and Film / presented by Dr. Carolyn Cocca, Professor of Politics, Economics, and Law, at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Zoom only.  Register here

Details: Dr. Cocca's talk will explore representations of female superheroes, and how they embody empowering images of women, while simultaneously revealing inequalities of gender, sexuality, race, class, religion, national origin, age, and disability. As such, superhero comics, tv shows, and films illuminate how such inequalities came to be, who gains and who loses out because of them, and how they’ve changed and also not changed that much over time—on the page, on the screen, and in everyday life. The politics of superhero stories are the same as the politics in our real world in terms of who tends to be overrepresented, centered, and celebrated, and who tends to be underrepresented, stereotyped, and marginalized. What is also the same is that we can and should change both: to be not only more diverse, but also more inclusive, and more equitable. This lecture will be via Zoom. Attendees must register to participate. Attendees may enter a raffle to receive a complimentary copy of Dr. Cocca's 2017 Eisner Award-winning book, Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation. Register online: