Lecture by columnist Gail Collins of the New York Times about how and why the national view of American women changed so dramatically between 1960 and today.
Gail Collins joined the New York Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial board and later as an op-ed columnist. In 2001 she became the first woman ever appointed editor of the Times’ editorial page. At the beginning of 2007, she stepped down and began a leave in order to finish her book, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present. She returned to the Times as a columnist in July 2007.
Before joining the Times, Collins was a columnist at New York Newsday and the New York Daily News and a reporter for United Press International. Her first jobs in journalism were in Connecticut, where she founded the Connecticut State News Bureau (CSNB), which provided coverage of the state capitol and Connecticut politics. When she sold it in 1977, the CSNB was the largest news service of its kind in the country, with more than 30 weekly and daily newspaper chains.
Collins’s most recent book is As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda, published in 2012 by W. W. Norton. She is also the author of America’s Women: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines; Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity, and American Politics; a biography of William Henry Harrison; and The Millennium Book: Your Essential All-Purpose Guide to the Year 2000, which she coauthored with her husband, Dan Collins.
Alumna and former Radcliffe College trustee Maurine Pupkin Rothschild ’40, who died in 2004, and her husband Robert Rothschild ’39 established the annual Rothschild Lecture at the Schlesinger Library in 1989. Distinguished speakers in the series have included Angela Davis, Eve Ensler, Julio Frenk, Linda Greenhouse, Anita Hill, Samantha Power, Adrienne Rich, Amartya Sen, Reva Siegel, and Maxine Singer.
This event is free and open to the public.