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March 16: Luncheon & Speaker to Celebrate International Women's Day

Hear Dr. Marjorie Spruill: "The ERA's Unfinished History"

Celebrate International Women's Day with the League of Women Voters! This luncheon is open to the public but seating is limited; the cost is $35. Reservations are required.

One of our nation's leading authorities on the American women's rights movement, Marjorie J. Spruill, will be the speaker for our International Women's Day luncheon on Saturday, March 16. Marjorie Spruill

As the Equal Rights Amendment again stands before the South Carolina General Assembly, Dr. Spruill, whose work has examined the historical and cultural obstacles to the women's movement in the American South, will address The ERA's Unfinished History. In conclusion, she will take questions from the audience.

Dr. Spruill's most recent book, Divided We Stand, was named one of Smithsonian Magazine's "Ten Best History Books of the Year."

"Marjorie Spruill describes a polarized America that will be recognizable to any consumer of today's news...A story crucial to understanding American politics over the past 40 years...The question raised by the battle of 1977--who speaks for women?--still bedevils American politics." Wall Street Journal

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Majorie Spruill's Distinguished Career

Marjorie J. Spruill is Distinguished Professor Emerita from the University of South Carolina, whose work focuses on women and politics from the woman suffrage movement to the present as well as the American South. Most recently Spruill is the author of Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics(Bloomsbury 2017, paper 2018). The book addresses the rise of the modern women's rights movement to a peak period of success, the mobilization of social conservatives in opposition, and the impact on American political culture.

Spruill is also the author of New Women of the New South: The Woman Suffrage Movement in the Southern States (Oxford University Press). She has edited five books on woman suffrage, including One Woman, One Vote: Rediscovering the Woman Suffrage Movement, the companion volume to the PBS documentary "One Woman, One Vote." A new Centennial Edition is planned for 2020. Spruill is serving as an advisor to the National Archives for its exhibit, "Rightfully Hers," celebrating the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.

She also co-edited a two-volume textbook on the history of the American South and two multi-volume anthologies about the "lives and times" of women in South Carolina and Mississippi.

Spruill's work has been 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, and a research award from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. She spent a year at the National Humanities Center.

During her career, she was a professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, at Vanderbilt University where she was also an Associate Provost, and the University of South Carolina. Recently retired, she lives in Folly Beach, SC.