‘Funding Feminism’ author to speak at Willard House


Author Joan Marie Johnson will discuss her new book, “Funding Feminism: Monied Women, Philanthropy, and the Women’s Movement, 1870–1967,” on Sunday Nov. 5, at the Frances Willard House Museum in Evanston.

Johnson will discuss why wealthy women gave to the woman suffrage and temperance movements, and the impact their donations had securing political equality for women.

Johnson will show the deep historical roots of the tensions over wealth, power, and unity that persist into today.

The talk will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and costs $5 (FWHM members are free). Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or call 847-328-7500.

This is the first in a new program series at the Willard House called Views: New Work in Women’s History.

Joan Marie Johnson is a historian and the author of many articles and books on women, race, reform, education, and philanthropy. She taught history at Northeastern Illinois University for twelve years, was the co-founder and co-director of the Newberry Seminar on Women and Gender at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and now works in the Office of the Provost at Northwestern University. She received her PhD from UCLA.

For more information, visit franceswillardhouse.org

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