The Women’s History Community

The Women’s History Affinity Group is a NEW AASLH Affinity Group. It is comprised of those who are interested in presenting and encouraging accurate, compelling, diverse, and often controversial women’s history. The affinity group encourages thoughtful scholarship, curriculum, interpretive content, public and educational programs, and shares best practices and strategies for including women’s history in sites and locations of all sizes.

The Women’s History Affinity Group was formalized in November 2014 after the 2014 AASLH Annual Meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota. As a new affinity group, the primary focuses for the year of 2015 will be to start up services, establish communications with members, and annual meeting events.

The Women’s History Affinity Group is overseen by a diverse committee of professionals from the field who work with AASLH to accomplish the goals and expectations of the group.

Out of the Kitchen

When women’s stories are confined to kitchens or needlework exhibits, we miss opportunities to talk about their range of experiences. Our work promotes and exemplifies  ways to better understand and interpret the past of half the human race: women and girls.

The Women’s History Affinity Group challenges ALL sites, not just those named for women, to strive for valuable inclusion of women’s history and experiences. Join the Women’s History Affinity Group and make a commitment to expand women’s stories into all sites and interpretation.

The women’s history affinity group will work to:

Create, present, or foster Annual Meeting activities, keynote speakers, panels and sessions, and networking opportunities that share access to valuable scholarship; provide a forum for discussion of success/or not so successful stories; and highlight local organizations and sites in each Annual Meeting location.

Disseminate information to the field through AASLH resources and other blog and listserv forums and similar organizations.

Provide a network that:

  • Encourages individuals and organizations to collaborate on projects around themes relevant to national history such as anniversaries, celebrations, or history month.
  • Fosters mentoring, professional development and strongly encourage young women to strive for leadership positions within their professional organizations.
  • Connects new and updated research in the academic field to practitioners working in sites that interpret women’s history.

Committee

The AASLH Women’s History affinity group is coordinated by the following committee of volunteers:

Megan Byrnes, Co-Chair (2018-2020)
meganjbyrnes@gmail.com

Jennifer Krafchik, Co-Chair (2018-2020)
Wendy Jessup and Associates
jennkrafchik@gmail.com

Page Harrington, Past Co-Chair (2018-2022)
page@pageharrington.com

Rebecca Price, Past Co-Chair (2018-2022)
Chick History, Inc.
info@chickhistory.com

Felicia Bell (2017-2019)
Rosa Parks Museum
fbell@troy.edu

Ashley Bouknight (2018-2020)
The Hermitage
anbouknight@gmail.com

Lori Osborn (2016-2020)
Evanston Women’s History Project
ljosbo1@comcast.net

Kathleen Pate (2018-2020)
Arkansas Women’s History Institute
khpate@gmail.com

Rebecca Shrum (2018-2020)
IUPUI
rshrum@iupui.edu

Noelle Trent (2017-2019)
National Civil Rights Museum
ntrent@civilrightsmuseum.org

Women’s History Resources

Read our blog.

Looking for more? Browse through Women’s History resources in the AASLH Resource Library.