WCW Lunchtime Seminar
Disloyal Daughters: A Girls' Studies Look at Three Progressive Era Social Reformers
Jane Addams, Maria Montessori, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman were contemporaries, colleagues in social reform, and members of the first generation of women to experience secondary education and college in the 1870s and 1880s. Many analyses of their lives and work presume a maternal or diffuse caring sensibility guiding their critiques of oppressive social structures.
In this presentation, Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant, Ed.D., will argue that a close reading of their writings reveals a persistent critique of patriarchal womanhood as well as the promotion of alternative feminities that challenged the premises of white women's loyalty to capitalist hetero-patriarchy. The three drew on experiences of girlhood (their struggles with gender norms as well as the liberating access to education) to see and question an ethics of domination and pursue lives and reforms that were far from compliant with the gender order.
Lunchtime seminars are free and open to the public. Bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be served.