Short Course: Women and Democracy in America, 1630-2018

Women and Democracy in America, 1630-2018

Eileen Botting
12:00pm – 4:00pm

The Hannah Mather Crocker Society and The Wollstonecraft Philosophical Society are co-hosting an American Political Science Association Pre-Conference Short Course at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) on Wednesday August 29, 2018.

There is room for up to 40 registrants for this exciting interdisciplinary short course, which will bring together scholars from political science, political theory, literature, philosophy, and history to examine the enduring significance of Hannah Mather Crocker’s “Observations on the Real Rights of Women” (Boston, 1818), the first book-length treatise on women’s rights by an American. We will situate this understudied classic in the context of Crocker’s life (1752-1829) as a woman political actor and writer who bridged the colonial, revolutionary, and post-revolutionary eras in Boston. We will also examine the question of why the “Observations” and other political work by women in the early American republic mattered for later iterations of republican, democratic, and feminist theory and practice in the United States.


**All Short Courses will take place on Wednesday, August 29 at the APSA 2018 Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.**