Sisters In Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists by Sally Roesch Wagner ⋆ Green Woman Store
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Sisters In Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists by Sally Roesch Wagner

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The compelling struggle for freedom and equality waged by women in the U.S. and the influence and inspiration Native American women gave to this dynamic social movement.

Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) women sparked the revolutionary vision of early feminists by providing a model of freedom at a time when American women experienced few rights. Women of the Six Nations Confederacy possessed decisive political power, control of their bodies, control of their own property, custody of their children, the power to initiate divorce, satisfying work and a society generally free of rape and domestic violence. Historian Sally Roesch Wagner recounts the struggle for freedom and equality waged by early American women documenting how Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Matilda Joslyn Gage were influenced by their Indigenous women neighbors.

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On the cutting edge of feminist scholarship, Sally Roesch Wagner describes how women of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy (the Haudenosuanee) inspired the revolutionary vision of early feminists by providing a model of empowered women. At a time when Euro-American women were under the authority of men in all areas of their lives, Haudenosaunee women possessed decisive political voice, control of their bodies and property, custody of the children they bore, satisfying work and a society virtually free of rape and domestic violence. The thinking of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage became transformed through their involvement with their Indigenous neighbors in upstate New York. ISBN 9781570671210.

Sally Roesch Wagner on International Women’s Day 2013

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, the executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation in Fayetteville, New York, is one of the first women to receive a doctorate in the United States for work in women’s studies, and a founder of one of the country’s first college women’s studies programs, . Dr. Wagner has taught in women’s studies for thirty-nine years.

Dr. Wagner appeared as a “talking head” in the PBS documentary, “Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony” for which she wrote the accompanying faculty guide for PBS.  She was also an historian in the PBS special “One Woman, One Vote” and has been interviewed numerous times on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Democracy Now.”

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