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On the Passing of Gerda Lerner

1/3/2013

Gerda Lerner portraitWe are saddened to learn of the passing of Gerda Lerner, a scholar of and pioneer in the field of women's history.  In her 2005 Charles Homer Haskins Lecture, Professor Lerner offered a vivid picture of her lifetime of intellectual and political engagement. A committed activist by the age of 15, she resisted the fascists in her native Austria, survived the blacklist in 1950s California, and organized grassroots efforts in the struggle for civil rights and women’s equality. “My passionate commitment to Women’s History,” she explained, “was grounded in my life.”  The lecture is available here

Also see:  "Gerda Lerner, Pioneering Feminist and Historian, Dies at 92." New York Times, January 3, 2013.

 

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