Jan. 16, 2006
Influential women in American history in the year 1885 will be the subject of a discussion led by Dr. Marty Knepper, professor and chair of the English department at Morningside College, on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 11:45 a.m. in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Avenue. The event, sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS), is free and open to the public.
Knepper researched the subject for a presentation delivered in 1985 to members of the First Unitarian Church in celebration of its founding in 1885 and in honor of its first minister, the Rev. Mary Safford. She revised the presentation in 2005 in honor of the church's 120th birthday.
Knepper will include readings from and photos of a number of prominent women of the time period, including social activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jane Addams, American suffragist leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton, political activist Emma Goldman, labor organizer Mother Jones, and African American poet and novelist Frances E. W. Harper, to name a few. She will also discuss pioneer women, the women’s suffrage movement, launching of “The Women’s Bible” project, and other feminist issues of the time.