Marjorie J. Spruill: Divided We Stand
Marjorie J. Spruill: Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values that Polarized American Politics
The 1970s will be seen as a pivotal time in our history as feminists and their conservative challengers divided the nation – as Democrats continued to support the modern women’s movement and Republicans recast themselves as the party of “family values.” Historian Marjorie J. Spruill uses the polarization of that period as a lens to trace women’s issues in politics up through the 2016 election. In her new book Divided We Stand, Spruill provides a detailed account of the National Women’s Conference, which was held in November of 1977 in Houston, Texas, and attended by 2,000 elected delegates and 20,000 observers from across the United States — the first and only bi-partisan federally-funded women’s conference in U.S. history. Her talk will provide critical insights into the conference itself as well as what can be seen as a 40-year rift between liberals and conservatives in America. Spruill will be the keynote speaker at a reunion commemorating the 40th anniversary of the National Women’s Conference, which will take place at the University of Houston on November 5-7, 2017.
The book will be available for purchase and signing.
TIME: 11:30 am – Bar opens; 12:15 pm – Lunch served; 1-2 pm – Presentation and Q & A
PRICE: $15 Members; $20 Non-members. Includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash Bar.