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The Power of Women's Voices
65th Anniversary Conference of the Sophia Smith Collection
at Smith College, September 28-29, 2007

Speakers and Performers

Featured speaker: Gloria Steinem

Voices of Feminism Oral History Project:
Loretta Ross, Carmen Vázquez, and Joan Biren (JEB), and Joyce Follet (moderator)
Scope of the YWCA Archives:
Nancy Marie Robertson, Amanda Izzo, Dorothea Browder, and Maida Goodwin (moderator)

Population and Reproductive Health Oral History ProjectDeborah R. McFarlane

Living U.S. Women's History (Oral History Project)Kathryn Kish Sklar

Music by Margie Adam

Dorothea Browder

YWCA Scholar

Dorothea Browder teaches women's history at Western Kentucky University. For her graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, she studied the role of working women in the YWCA of the U.S.A., finding that the YW, which was originally founded in part to convert working women to evangelical Protestantism, was itself converted to political activism by its Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish working constituency. Her article "A 'Christian Solution of the Labor Situation': How Workingwomen Reshaped the YWCA's Religious Mission and Politics" appeared in the summer 2007 issue of the Journal of Women's History.

Carol T. Christ

President of Smith College

Carol Christ began her tenure as president of Smith College in June 2002, following a career as an English professor and administrator at the University of California at Berkeley from 1970 to 2000. A scholar of Victorian literature, Christ is an editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature and is the author of Victorian and Modern Poetics (1984).

Joyce Follet


Historian and filmmaker Joyce Follet is the Sophia Smith Collection's Coordinator of Collection Development and has directed the Voices of Feminism Oral History Project funded by the Ford Foundation.

Maida Goodwin


Maida Goodwin (Smith Class of 1983) is Outreach Coordinator for the Sophia Smith Collection and served as Project Archivist for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission-funded "Gaining Access to a National Treasure: Processing of the Archives of the YWCA USA."

Amanda Izzo

YWCA Scholar

Amanda Izzo (Smith Class of 1999) is a doctoral candidate in the American Studies Department of Yale University. Her dissertation, "Love, Liberal Christianity, and Progressive Activism in American Women's Religious Organizations, 1900-1980," investigates the mobilization of Christian love as an activist ethos and a foundation for non-traditional communities. Before entering graduate school she worked as an archives assistant in the Sophia Smith Collection.

Sherrill Redmon

Convener and Moderator

Historian and archivist Sherrill Redmon has directed the Sophia Smith Collection since 1993.

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