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American Women Symposium

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Friday, June 20, 2003
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Closing Address

Nancy F. Cott holds a joint appointment at Harvard University as the Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History and the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. One of the leading scholars in the field of American women’s history, Cott was a longtime professor of history and former chair of the women’s studies and American studies programs at Yale University. She is the author of seven books and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. From her path-breaking 1977 work The Bonds of Womanhood: “Woman’s Sphere” in New England, 1780-1835, to her most recent book Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation, Cott has explored nearly every facet of American women’s history, including aspects of citizenship and family law, origins of the feminist movement, and American political culture. She brings to the symposium’s closing address a remarkable scholarly output and her unique perspective as an educator, historian, biographer, film consultant, documentary editor, and director of one of the country’s leading women’s history libraries.

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