6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level
For decades tourists have flocked to the Smithsonian to see the gowns of our First Ladies. Our understanding of their role has evolved and there is greater appreciation of their contributions as hostess, policy advocate, political campaigner, and more. Join The American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Dr. Carol Nechemias as we learn more about the First Ladies' place in history and some little-known aspects about their lives. No registration necessary.
Carol Nechemias is an associate professor emerita of Public Policy and Political Science at Penn State Harrisburg. She earned her undergraduate degree from Washington University (St. Louis) and her Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University. Her areas of specialization include Russian domestic politics and women in politics. She taught courses on women in politics in the U.S. starting in the late 1970s and published work on women’s access to American state legislatures. Her research on Russian living standards has appeared in in a number of leading journals in the field of Slavic studies, and her essays on women's status in post-Soviet Russia have been published in the journals Women and Politics and Demokratizatsiya as well as in book chapters. Nechemias is co-editor of two books, The Encyclopedia of Russia Women's Movements and Post-Soviet Women Encountering Transition: Nation Building, Economic Survival, and Civic Activism. In 2004-05 she served as a Fulbright Scholar at Volgograd State University in Russia, teaching and conducting research.