Women and Gender Historians of the Midwest

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of our 4th Biennial WGHOM conference, 17-19 June 2010, in Dubuque, Iowa:

Cross Currents in Women's & Gender History

The fourth biennial conference of Women and Gender Historians of the Midwest (WGHOM) was held on June 17, 18 and 19, 2010, and hosted by Northeast Iowa Community College. 

This conference brought together scholars, educators, students and the public who explored current issues in women's and gender history.  The conference showcased the academic work of Midwestern and other scholars who focus on women or gender.  Honoring our conference location in the historic river community of Dubuque, Iowa, our 2010 theme highlighted the convergence of scholarship and contemporary pedagogy in all areas of women's history and related disciplines.  Our keynote speaker was Dr. Patricia Cohen, of the Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Her talk was entitled "An 1850's Challenge to Traditional Marriage: Mary Gove Nichols and the American 'Free Love' Movement."

Save the date!  Our next conference will be held October 12-13, 2012, at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in conjunction with the Great Lakes History Conference.



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WGHOM grew out of WHOM.  It is an organization devoted to promoting women's and gender history in the Midwestern United States.

  • Our goals:
    • to provide a platform to showcase academic work in progress by faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates at Midwestern institutions of higher learning
    • to sponsor a conference every two years at colleges and universities around the Midwest
    • to provide a forum for networking and discussion for those associated with Midwestern institutions