On Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. the Wayne Public Library will hold a program sponsored by the AAUW, Greater Wayne Area. The program will feature a lecture by Lucia McMahon, Ph.D., Professor of History and Department Chair, William Paterson University, where she regularly teaches courses in historical methods, early national U.S. history, and women’s history. Her research broadly focuses on women’s intellectual and educational history with particular focus on the recovery of relatively “unknown” women’s voices and experiences. McMahon is the author of several books and articles, including Mere Equals: The Paradox of Educated Women in the Early American Republic (Cornell University Press, 2012), and The Journal of Rachel Van Dyke, 1810-1811 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000). This program is free and open to the public. The Wayne Public Library meets all ADA regulations and is a barrier-free building. A closed business meeting of the AAUW, Greater Wayne Area will be held after the program.
This is a Public Scholars Program (PSP) funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, an independent non-profit organization and state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wayne Public Library is holding a series of programs throughout the year 2020 which marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. This historic centennial offers an unparalleled opportunity to commemorate a milestone of democracy and to explore its relevance to the issues of equal rights today.