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Tea party for historical women

Elizabeth Blackwell was there. She was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. So was Mary Ann Shadd, the first black woman publisher in North America and Canada.

Blackwell and Shadd came courtesy of St. Catherine University students Jule Muegge ’15 and Sarah Moundandanga-Lucka ’15. The duo — students in the honors course “Women Alone in a Time of Change” — had spent the past few weeks studying the era in which the two historical women lived. The result: Two captivating soliloquies, delivered in what the students imagine are their voices.

Also at the December honors seminar-tea party in Coeur de Catherine were:

  • Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, found (1905) the Industrial Workers of the World (Sarah Larsen ’16)
  • Mary Cassatt, painter and printmaker (Lizzie Cleary)
  • Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America (Emma Flood ’15)
  • Alice Hamilton, founder of occupational medicine (Odilia Mentari ’17)
  • Florence Sabin, medical researcher (Katie Zarbock ’16)
  • Willa Cather, author (Nusaiba Imady ’15)
  • Elizabeth Arden, founder of cosmetics empire (Anya Race ’17)
  • Karen Horney, psychoanalyst (Sam Lauth)
  • Jovita Idar, journalist and activist (Jessica Carrillo ’16)
  • Zora Neale Hurston, author and anthropologist (Ikram Kolisa)
  • Rachel Carson, marine biologist and conservationist (Julia Zyla ’17)

Professors Gay Herzberg and Louise Edwards-Simpson co-teach the course, which focuses on the lives and writings of influential American women who spent their days largely unmarried from the post-Civil War years until World War I.

The Honors Program and Sister Mona Riley Endowed Chair for the Humanities sponsored the 19th century tea party menu.


Read more about this course and its “tea party” project: “Students bring historical women to life”


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Dec. 23, 2014 by Pauline Oo

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