January 27, 2015

Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings

Sue Monk Kidd’s latest novel The Invention of Wings tells the story of historical figure Sarah Grimké, the first female abolitionist in America and one of the earliest members of the women’s suffrage movement. Monk Kidd cites Gerda Lerner’s 1998 biography The Grimké Sisters from South Carolina (Oxford University Press) as one of her primary research sources. The Invention of Wings is now a Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection.

An interview with Monk Kidd on her writing and research process can be read here.

Links to purchase The Invention of Wings can be found here.


The Invention of Wings


May 28, 2014

Women’s Path in Währing, Austria (Der Währinger Frauen Weg)

In a beautiful public park in the 18th district of Vienna a permanent outdoor exhibition will be installed to show important contributions to Women’s history over the last 200 years. Gerda Lerner will be represented on one of 10 panels showing historical portraits of exemplary women. Gerda Lerner was chosen on the basis of her important contributions to the issue of equal rights and women’s equality.

Additional information on the project is available here and further details on the project’s opening are available here.


May 22, 2014

Celebration of Gerda Lerner’s Life and Work at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women

Part of Histories on the Edge / Histories sur la brèche, May 22-25, 2014 Toronto, Canada

Additional information is available here and the event’s program is available here.


December 5, 2013

Why History Matters: A Symposium to Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Library and to Honor Gerda Lerner at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

To mark the Schlesinger Library’s 70th anniversary, historians Joyce Antler, Thavolia Glymph, Linda Gordon, Linda K. Kerber, and Alice Kessler-Harris reflect on five decades of change in US women’s history during the career of the historian Gerda Lerner (1920–2013), who was a singular force in developing the field.

Additional information is available here.


April 12, 2013

Honoring Gerda Lerner at the 2013 Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting (April 11-14)

Friends gathered to remember the extraordinary life of Gerda Lerner, a pioneer in women’s and gender history, who transformed the profession through her many personal and professional contributions. Before those in the audience shared their memories and reflections, the session began with formal remarks from: William H. Chafe, Duke University; Sara Evans (at right), University of Minnesota; Linda Gordon, New York University; Thavolia Glymph, Duke University; and Elizabeth Minnich, Queens University of Charlotte.

Additional information is available here.