National Women’s History Project Distinguished
Speakers Bureau

The National Women’s History Project announces our Distinguished Speakers Bureau. Connect with outstanding speakers who have made major contributions to the study of women’s history or issues related to women and the Women’s Movement. Each speaker has agreed to give lectures on behalf of the National Women’s History Project during 2010, designating their lecture fee in full as a donation to the NWHP.

In addition to the Speaker’s fee paid directly to the National Women’s History Project, the sponsoring agency is also responsible for paying for  speakers' travel and lodging expenses.

National Women’s History Project’s Distinguished Speakers Program -2010 

Barbara Berg

Barbara Berg


207 East 74th Street
New York, NY 10021


My new book Sexism In America: Alive, Well and Ruining Our Future has just been released by Chicago Review Press.

I have had extensive experience speaking about women’s history in a wide variety of settings, from being a spokeswoman for the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women to being a guest on the Oprah Show. I love teaching and am very comfortable in front of diverse audiences.

My earliest teaching experience was at Sarah Lawrence College, the first school in the country to offer an MA in women’s history. More recently I started a women’s history program at the Horace Mann School in Riverdale New York. I am a strong advocate of teaching women’s history and, in honor of NWHP's 30th anniversary, could talk about:

  • The importance of teaching Women’s History: transforming stories from the teaching life.
  • Women’s History from 1950 to the Present, including the inception and evolution of the fight for women’s rights.
  • Our earliest feminists: American urban women 1800-1860.
  • Scribbling Women Illuminated: Honoring women writers of the nineteenth century.
  • The Enigma of Sarah J. Hale, the editor of Godey’s Ladies’ Book: An advocate of domesticity or a secret feminist?
  • History of obstetrics, gynecology and abortion in America.
  • Deviant Women of the nineteenth century: Prostitutes, Women Criminals and Middle Class Women: An Unlikely Bond
  • Women and the Trade Union Movement
  • For more information about me, my other books and background please visit my website @


Robert Cooney:
Woman Suffrage Media Project



Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr. is an award-winning editor, writer and principal of Robert Cooney Graphic Design.  Co-editor of “The Power of the People: Active Nonviolence in the United States,” he has concentrated on America’s activist history of grassroots social change.  In 1993 he began the Woman Suffrage Media Project, which included in depth research into how American women won the right to vote. This led to publication in 2005 of his landmark book, “Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement,” full of feminist imagery and period photographs from the early 1900s.  His presentation format is lecture and slides. 

Lecture Topics: The American Woman Suffrage Movement; Feminist Imagery and Suffrage Iconography; Three Generations of American Suffragists (or specific individuals); The California Woman Suffrage Campaign (or other specific states); Women’s Early Political Strategies, 1840-1920


Gracia Molina de Pick aka Gracia Molina Enriquez



Gracia Molina de Pick aka Gracia Molina Enriquez has been a progressive feminist activist for over 60 years in both Mexico and the U.S. As faculty at Mesa College, she founded and wrote the curricula for the first A.A. Degree in Chicana/Chicano Studies that appeared in the Plan de Aztlan, the 1970 blueprint for Higher Education for Mexican Americans in the country. Gracia was the founding Faculty of the Third College at UCSD where she developed the undergraduate sequence for Third World Studies and is a former Commissioner of California Post-Sec. Education Commission 1976-80

In 1970, she founded several organizations including the Comision Femenil Mexicana Nacional, the first national feminist Chicana Association, the Chicana Caucus Chair of the Natl. Women's Political Caucus 1970, and the National Council of La Raza, the first Civil Rights Advocate group for Mexican American Civil Rights 1969-1977. She was also the national organizer for the Chicana participation at the U.N. World Conferences on Women, where she also was a presenter and workshop coordinator at the Tribune and Forums 1975-80-85-2000.

She published the first theoretical article on Chicana Feminism presented at the National Chicana Houston Conference in 1971 and was an organizer and promoter of the l977 Houston National Women's Conference. She has also published numerous articles and is the co-author of two books being published in the summer of 2006 by the Salsipuedes feminist editorial. She is recognized in both the United States and Mexico for her courageous and pioneering work for women's rights.


M. Lee Hunt National Women’s History Project Board of Directors

M. Lee Hunt is a family law attorney in Marin and Sonoma Counties, CA. She is a co-founder of the Women & Children's Law Center in Marin.  She co-founded the Collaborative Family Law Attorneys of Marin, an alternative dispute resolution process for divorcing families. She serves on the Board of the NWHP, the Planned Parenthood Golden Gate Leadership Council of Sonoma, and the Friends of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (Coast Miwok & Southern Pomo). 


 Lecture Topics:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution in Family Law
  • Reforming the Divorce System



Molly Murphy MacGregor:
National Women’s History Project


 Molly Murphy MacGregor believes that knowing the importance of women’s historic achievements creates a larger, more expansive vision of what is possible.  In 1980, she co-founded the National Women’s History Project (NWHP), which spearheaded the movement for what has become National Women’s History Month. MacGregor has served as the Executive Director of the NWHP for the past 28 years. During that time, she has worked with leaders of national women’s organizations to encourage them to celebrate their own organizations’ history as well as to build coalitions to develop programs and events that celebrate the vast array of women’s historic achievements. She has worked with school districts throughout the country to train teachers in ways to integrate a multicultural women’s history perspective into the school curriculum. She is a recognized expert in the field of women’s history and has keynoted hundreds of women’s history events and conferences.  Contact:

Lecture Topics: The History of National Women’s History Month; Why Women’s History?; The 2008 Theme-- Women’s Art: Women’s Vision


Karen Offen:
Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University in California


 Karen Offen (Ph.D., Stanford University) is a historian and independent scholar affiliated as a Senior Scholar with the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University in California. 
She publishes on the history of Modern Europe, especially France and its global influence; Western thought and politics with reference to family, gender, and the relative status of women; historiography; women's history; the national, regional and global histories of feminism; and comparative history.

Using power-point illustrations, her lectures include, "Women's Suffrage Worldwide" and "Who's Afraid of Women in Politics? And Why?" 

Karen's latest book is European Feminisms, 1700 1950: A Political History (Stanford University Press, 2000). Her Blog, Clio Talks Back,  can be accessed here.



Lisa Ossian:
Des Moines Area Community College


Lisa Ossian teaches history at Des Moines Area Community College. She is currently working on a book about American children during World War II. Her "Children’s War Work on the Iowa Farm Front, 1941-1945" appears in Children and War (2002), and she has also recently published in Social History of Alcohol and Temperance and Agricultural History. She serves on the National Women's History Project Board, the National Endowment for the Arts' Thought and Action advisory board, and the Youth Institute faculty for the World Food Prize. 

Lecture topics:

  • Women and the Great Depression
  • Women and World War II
  • Women and Agriculture

Susan K. Scott:
Bonniebrook Historical Society


Susan K. Scott is the President of Bonniebrook Historical Society (BHS), a 501(c)(3) organization. BHS is headquartered in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Southwest Missouri on the Bonniebrook Homestead of Rose Cecil O’Neill-America’s first female cartoonist, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic places. 

The remarkable rage to riches story of O’Neill as artist, author, poet, suffragist and philanthropist has served as the inspiration for Scott’s work. An author, researcher, and historian, Scott delivers uplifting interactive presentations to women’s studies conferences, business groups, art clubs, non-profit organizations and educational institutions throughout the country. 

Her Power Point Lecture topics include:

  • Social Change in America – One Artist’s Influence
  • Volunteerism: It’s Not Just Nice – It’s Important
  • Rose O’Neill – A Woman Ahead of Her Time
  • The Vision of Rose O’Neill Expressed in Her Art.

Marielle Tsukamoto:


Marielle Tsukamoto was born in Sacramento, California on April 7, 1937 To Alfred and Mary Tsukamoto. Alfred Tsukamoto raised grapes and strawberries on on small farm. In 1942 all persons of Japanese ancestry 120,000, were ordered off the west coast. Marielle and her family went to an internment camp in Jermone, Arkansas taking only what they could carry. After the war, families were allowed to leave the camps. The Tsukamotos were among the fortunate few able to return to their farm. A friend, Bob Fletcher worked the land, paid the taxes and the mortgage and returned the farm to Alfred Tsukamoto. Mary Tsukamoto fulfilled a life-long dream to become a teacher. Motivated by her mother's love of teaching Marielle graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California with a BA in education and began teaching in 1959. She devoted her life to a profession she loved. She taught in an military dependent's school in Japan for one year, spent 24 years teaching in San Jose before returning to her home town as a vice principal and principal of an elementary school in Elk Grove, California. Marielle retired in 2001. She worked as the Project Director of Educational Programs for the Anti-Defamation League from 2001-2003. During this time she continued to support an important education program started by Mary Tsukamoto, to teach children about the internment of the Japanese Americans and the loss of their civil rights during WWII. 6,000 students learn that in a Democracy it is important to protect and defend our Constitutional rights.


 Linda J. Wharton, J.D.:
Associate Professor of Political Science; Richard Stockton College


Linda Wharton teaches Constitutional Law, Women and the Law, Civil Liberties and Public Education Law at Stockton College.  Prior to her teaching career, she was the Managing Attorney of the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia where she specialized in litigation challenging sex discrimination.  She was co-lead counsel in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in which the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed Roe v. Wade in 1992.  Her recent articles include “State Equal Rights Amendments Revisited: Evaluating Their Effectiveness in Advancing Protection Against Sex Discrimination,” 36 Rutgers Law Journal 1201 (2005) and Preserving the Core of Roe: Reflections on Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 18 Yale J. L. & Feminism 317 (2006).  She is the Chair of the Board of the National Women’s History Project and frequently lectures on a wide range of women’s rights issues. 

Lecture topics:

  • Women and the Constitution
  • Equal Rights Amendments—federal and state
  • Constitutional Protection for Reproductive
  • Autonomy
  • Title IX and Protecting Against Sex
  • Discrimination in Schools
  • Celebrating Constitution Day in Schools and Colleges
  • Supreme Court and Nomination Process