Marjorie J. Spruill is an associate professor of history at the University of South Carolina with research and teaching interests in US women’s and gender history and the history of the American South. An authority on the women’s rights movement, she is the author of New Women of the New South: The Leaders of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the Southern States (Oxford University Press, 1993) and the editor of several anthologies, including One Woman, One Vote: Rediscovering the Woman Suffrage Movement (NewSage Press, 1995), a companion to the PBS film One Woman, One Vote.
At Radcliffe, Spruill will draw on the resources of the Schlesinger Library to focus on a book about the struggle over the direction of federal social policy during the state and national International Women’s Year conferences sponsored by Congress in 1977. These conferences clarified the goals of and galvanized both the feminist and the emerging pro-family movements, propelled gender issues to the forefront of political discourse, and contributed to the polarization of American politics.
Spruill is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and the University of Virginia, where she earned her PhD. A former president of the Southern Association for Women Historians and officer of the Southern Historical Association, she has served as an advisor to museums and films. Spruill was formerly a professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she won awards for teaching and research. Her research has garnered support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Association of University Women.