Monmouth / About the College / News / Full Story

KKG & the women's movement

Barry McNamara
03/29/2011
Edith P. Mayo
Edith P. Mayo, political history curator emerita of the Smithsonian Institution, will present a public lecture at Monmouth College on April 6 at 4 p.m. in the Barnes Electronic Classroom in Hewes Library.

Free and open the public, Mayo’s lecture will be presented in conjunction with the opening of a Hewes Library exhibit she created about the history of the women’s movement (1870-1920). Titled "Tradition of Leadership: Education to Enfranchiesement," the exhibit brings to life the leaders of the fraternity, who were also on the forefront of pivotal social issues.

 
 A reception will be held outside the classroom between 3:30 and 4 p.m.

An Organization of American Historians Distinguished Speaker, Mayo is the author of three books and is a regular television, radio and newspaper commentator. An authority on First Ladies, she is well-known for her curatorial successes.

“We’re fortunate to have someone of Edith Mayo’s caliber among us,” said MC history professor Stacy Cordery.

The exhibit, which will be located in the library’s entry lobby, is titled “Tradition of Leadership: Education to Enfranchisement.” Commissioned by the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation Museums Committee, it brings to life the leaders of the fraternity, who were also on the forefront of pivotal social issues.

Mayo is an alumna of Kappa Kappa Gamma, which was founded at Monmouth College in 1870, and a member of its foundation board. The exhibit covers the turbulent years in the women’s movement between the time of KKG’s founding and ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, giving women the right to vote.