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Women's History Month Lecture



Saturday, March 29, 2014


12:00pm to 2:00pm




The Century-Long Battle Fought by Married Women Who Wanted to Keep Their Birth Names.  Speaker:   Susan Henry, author of Anonymous in Their Own Names:  Doris E. Fleischman, Ruth Hale and Jane Grant, and professor emerita at California State University, Northridge.  This talk focuses on three time periods, beginning with the 1920s, when growing numbers of American women declined to take their husbands’ last names, encouraged in their rebelliousness by the Lucy Stone League, which was formed in 1921 to help women keep their birth names when they married.  Next is the 1950s, when––despite the Lucy Stone League’s resurrection––opposition to married women keeping their birth names intensified.  Last is our own time, when Hillary Rodham Clinton’s different name permutations help illustrate the pressures today’s women face in their name decisions.