Office of Public Affairs
Oct. 4, 2000
'UNKNOWN' WOMEN ACTIVISTS
TOPIC OF HISTORIAN'S TALK
OSWEGO -- Little-known women who made a difference in history will be the subject of a talk by a guest lecturer at Oswego State on Oct. 25.
Patricia Murphy, associate professor of sociology at SUNY Geneseo, will speak on "It Had To Be Done So They Did It: Contributions of Some Lesser Known Women from Upstate New York" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the ground floor lounge of Hart Hall. A reception will follow.
Murphy's talk, which will be open to the public free of charge, is sponsored in part by the New York Council for the Humanities.
While many people are familiar with the accomplishments of some famous women like Frances Willard, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, many lesser-known women in Upstate New York also made contributions to women's rights, social reform movements, health, education and industry.
In her slide lecture, Murphy will look at the lives of some of these women, such as Elizabeth Miller of Groveland, the originator of the 'bloomer' costume; Dr. Cordelia Greene of Castile, a physician, health care reformer and community leader; and Kate Gleason, an inventor and businesswoman. An early aviator and legal pioneers will also be featured.
The lecture will explore why the contributions of these women have been overlooked, look at the accomplishments of contemporary women and offer advice about researching the contributions of women in the community.
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