On Wednesday, April 15, women's studies scholar Sally Roesch Wagner, Ph.D., will present a talk on "Matilda Joslyn Gage: Bringing Her into History," at Cayuga Community College. Gage, a radical women's rights activist in the 19th century, may be better remembered today as the mother-in-law and first fan of L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The native Central New Yorker was once, however, a celebrity in her own right.
Born in 1826 in Fayetteville, she worked with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to lead the National Women Suffrage Association. Gage's landmark book, Woman, Church and State, challenged America's patriarchal culture from a sweeping historical perspective, and Wagner argues that Gage was erased from history because of her anti-clerical views. An adjunct faculty member in the Honors Program at Syracuse University, Wagner is the executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation.
Her lecture, at 11:00 a.m. in the Auburn campus Student Lounge, is free and open to the public. The event is made possible through Speakers in the Humanities, a program of the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.