March 12, 2003

Colgate Prof Lectures in Honor of Women's Month

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In honor of Women’s History Month, Cornell hosted Faye Dudden ’70, Colgate University history department chair for a well-attended lecture yesterday entitled “Rethinking the Foremothers: Sex, Politics, and Women’s Rights in 1860.”

In her lecture, Prof. Dudden focused primarily on the women’s rights movement of the 1860’s. She referred to the struggles and triumphs of women’s rights pioneers Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, whom she called the “foremothers.”

Dudden approached the topic with a revisionist view, citing the narrow minded view many historians take when addressing the subject.

“Recent scholarship shows that these women were politically savvy, not na