Women's History Seminars

Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the High School US History Curriculum: A Conversation

Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

All high school students in the United States study American history, and many of them seek mastery in the subject, which is the second most popular at the Advanced Placement level. Yet relatively few female actors appear in high school textbooks, and graduates arrive on college campuses with widely varying levels of exposure to the history of women, gender, and sexuality in America, especially prior to the 1990s.

This panel discussion, featuring university faculty, secondary educators, and activist curriculum specialists, aims to seed an ongoing discussion between high school and post-secondary instructors of American history about gendering the US history curriculum.

What topics in women’s and gender history and in the history of sexuality get covered when, where, and how? How can college- and university-based scholars do more to connect their work with high school classrooms? How are secondary educators—and their students—advancing and reshaping the field?


Victoria Cain, Northeastern University


Wendy Bergeron, Winnacunnet High School

Marlin Kann, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Miriam Morgenstern, History UnErased

Susan Zeiger, Primary Source

The Boston Seminar Series on the History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality—cosponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study—offers scholars and students an opportunity to discuss new research on any aspect of the history of women and gender in the United States, without chronological limitation.

The seminar series includes four meetings that will take place during the 2017–2018 academic year, each revolving around the discussion of a precirculated paper. 

Registration for the series is required.

Registered participants may access the papers online at the Massachusetts Historical Societywebsite.

For more information, please call 617-495-8647 or e-mail seminars@masshist.org.