Speaking

I enjoy speaking to audiences across Ohio about women’s history and northeast Ohio history. Find my upcoming lectures here. Please contact me if you are interested in scheduling one of my lectures. I am currently offering the following:

“All we need is to continue to speak the truth fearlessly”: The Forgotten Life of Suffragist Lucy Stone

Lucy Stone tirelessly campaigned for women’s suffrage and the abolition of slavery in an era when it was improper for women to speak publicly. Best known for refusing to take her husband’s surname after marriage, Stone broke barriers and ignored propriety. When a disagreement caused her to part ways with fellow suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, Stone founded her own suffrage organization. Yet, despite her achievements, Lucy Stone is absent from history books and largely forgotten today. Find out more about this 19th-century woman’s crusade for equality.

From Suffrage to Science: The Life of Antoinette Brown Blackwell

In a time when few American attended went to college, Antoinette Brown Blackwell pursued the coursework required for a divinity degree but was denied recognition for her work. Despite that, she became one of the first women ordained as a Protestant minister in the United States. Blackwell went on to pen scientific and philosophical works that were largely motivated by her support of women’s suffrage and women’s equality.

Mary Church Terrell: Marching for Suffrage and Civil Rights

In 1950, 86-year-old Mary Church Terrell successfully launched a campaign that led to the desegregation of dining establishments in Washington D.C. This work capped off a lifetime of activism. As the daughter of former slaves, she spent her college days yearning for when she could “promote the welfare of her race.” When Terrell received her bachelor’s degree in 1884, only four other Black women had attained that distinction. She worked as a teacher, lecturer, and activist, and she loyally supported the suffrage cause, even when white suffragists refused to accept her because of her race.