Gender and Leadership: Matrilineages, Struggle, Liberation, and Feminist Approaches

AHA Session 195
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Gramercy East (New York Hilton, Second Floor)
Lorelle Semley, College of the Holy Cross
A Living Past: Igbo Matriliny in Memory, Practice, and History, c. 1750–1900
Ndubueze Leonard Mbah, State University of New York, University at Buffalo
Before Dawn: Black Feminist Political Organizing in the South, 1965–95
Jonathan Bailey, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Women's Leadership in Global Health in East Africa: In Historical Perspective
Bridget Frances O'Rourke Burns, Mbarara University; Mellon Tayebwa, Mbarara University
Lorelle Semley, College of the Holy Cross

Session Abstract

This interdisciplinary panel raises questions about the comparable and divergent experiences of gendered leadership historically 1750-1995. The panelists explore how leadership at the political and personal levels provide critical historical insights into the ways patriarchal gender expectations and norms have consistently been challenged in various historical moments, geographic spaces, and intellectual traditions. From precolonial Igbo society to southern United States radical communities to East African revolutionaries there is a great deal to learn about the implications of gendered power.
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