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March 20: Women's Workplace Activism Is Subject of Margaret Morrison Lecture


Kelli McElhinny                       

Women's Workplace Activism Is Subject of Second Annual
Margaret Morrison Lecture at Carnegie Mellon

PITTSBURGH—Nancy MacLean, an expert in social movements and labor history, will present the second annual Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women's History at 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 25 in the Steinberg Auditorium (Baker Hall A53) at Carnegie Mellon University. Her talk, titled "Ending 'Jane Crow': How Women's Workplace Activism in the 1970s Changed the American Workplace," is free and open to the public.
MacLean, a professor of history and African-American studies and chair of the History Department at Northwestern University, focuses her research on the roles of class, gender, race and region in 20th century social movements and public policy. Her most recent book, "Freedom Is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace," explores how the quest for better jobs has been central to all modern equality movements, including the women's movement. It received numerous accolades, including the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights.
"I am delighted that Nancy MacLean will deliver our second annual Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women's History," said Joe Trotter, the Mellon Professor of History and head of the Department of History in Carnegie Mellon's College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
"Professor MacLean's recent study of the transformation of the workplace not only advances the field of women's history, but it also illuminates connections between the history of women and a variety of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in American society, including African Americans and Latino Americans," Trotter added. "As such, her scholarship serves as a significant bridge across bodies of scholarship that too often fail to communicate with each other."
The Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women's History is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Department of History, its College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Margaret Morrison College Program. The lecture, coordinated by Assistant History Professor Lisa Tetrault, is given annually to mark Women's History Month (March) and highlights the university's strengths in this important discipline. Carnegie Mellon's History Department is home to some of the nation's leading historians in gender studies, and the university's Humanities Initiative underscores the growing vitality of gender studies at Carnegie Mellon.    
The lecture series is named for Margaret Morrison Carnegie, the mother of Andrew Carnegie, founder of Carnegie Mellon's predecessor, the Carnegie Institute of Technology. The institute was home to four schools, including Margaret Morrison Carnegie College, an all-women's school that closed in 1973.