Joan Marie Johnson, an author who has written extensively about the history of women’s suffrage, feminism and social activism, will give a lecture on Thursday, March 4, as part of Vanderbilt’s 2021 celebration of Women’s History Month. Titled “Race, Rights and the Woman Suffrage Movement: The Stories of Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Irene Moorman and Rose Schneiderman,” Johnson’s lecture will highlight the narratives of several prominent women in the suffrage movement, including that of Belmont, who was a significant funder and supporter of women’s suffrage and served as president of the National Woman’s Party.
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. CT and will be conducted via Zoom. Register here. >>
Johnson’s lecture was originally scheduled for March 2020 on campus as part of Vanderbilt University’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The March 4 event is being organized by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center at Vanderbilt in partnership with the Chancellor’s Lecture Series and sponsored by the Division of Government and Community Relations.
Johnson is the director for faculty in the Office of the Provost at Northwestern University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her doctorate in history from the University of California–Los Angeles. Prior to her role at Northwestern, she taught women’s history at Northeastern Illinois University for 12 years and co-founded and co-directed the Newberry Seminar on Women and Gender at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
She has written extensively about the history of women and gender, race, social reform, education and philanthropy, including Funding Feminism: Monied Women, Philanthropy, and the Women’s Movement, 1870-1967; Southern Women at the Seven Sister Colleges: Feminist Values and Social Activism, 1875-1915; and Southern Ladies, New Women: Race, Region, and Clubwomen in South Carolina, 1890-1930. Johnson is also co-editor of the three-volume series South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times.
For more information about Women’s History Month events at Vanderbilt, visit the Women’s Center website.