Chautauqua Talk: Alice Paul, Iron-Jawed Angel

Join an audience that loves talking back to history to discuss Alice Paul, the Iron-Jawed Angel Women’s Suffragist.

How did a nice young Quaker woman with a degree from Swarthmore and a PhD in Sociology end up being force fed in a city jail and confined to a prison psychiatric ward? As the psychiatrist who examined her said: “Courage in women is often mistaken for Insanity.”

This event is NOT a costumed performance. (Leslie Goddard will perform as Alice Paul in the History Alive Festival June 15 -24.)

Talk is led by Dr. Mellissa Walker. Melissa Walker, PhD is Emerita George Dean Johnson, Jr. Professor of History at Converse College where she taught for 21 years. She earned her PhD at Clark University, and her work focused on the study of past women’s efforts to become autonomous and fulfilled human beings and on projects that empower today’s women. She is the author or editor of nine books including, All We Knew Was To Farm: Rural Women in the Upcountry South, 1919-1941.
Since her retirement, she has joined Spartanburg Regional Hospital System as their staff historian, and she founded a personal and career coaching service, Heyday Coaching. In that role, she supports clients in achieving their personal and professional goals.

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