Marjorie J. Spruill, “Women’s Rights, Family Values, and the Polarization of American Politics”

Date(s) - 04/11/2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Kansas City Public Library - Plaza Branch


On Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 pm, historian Marjorie J. Spruill will deliver the annual Richard D. McKinzie Lecture. Her talk, “Women’s Rights, Family Values, and the Polarization of American Politics,” will take place at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library (4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO). This event is free and open to the public, but a reservation is requested through the library.

Dr. Marjorie J. SpruillWe cannot fully understand current American political and social policies without appreciating the events that divided women in the 1970s, impacted the family, and precipitated the subsequent polarization of national politics.  Dr. Marjorie J. Spruill will trace today’s political schisms to events surrounding the National Women’s Conference, a four-day gathering that occurred in Houston in 1977.  This conference provoked a bitter debate between feminists and conservative women activists and marked the starting point of a polarized climate that pervades modern political and social life.

Marjorie J. Spruill is Distinguished Professor Emerita of History from the University of South Carolina. She is the author of Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values that Polarized American Politics.  She has also written New Women of the New South and has edited numerous anthologies. Spruill’s research for Divided We Stand was supported by fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in South Carolina.