Women, their jobs, and their lives: A history of records, from Charlotte Perkins Gilman to the #MeToo movement

Sponsored by ProQuest
Recorded on 03/19/2020

Posted in Primary Sources and Special Collections


This webinar will explore how historical documents can help us better understand the evolution of women’s roles in the workplace and in the public sphere.

Beginning with the works of early 20th-century writer and social reformer Charlotte Perkins Gilman—from her famous short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” to her monumental book, Women and Economics: A Study of the Economic Relation Between Men and Women as a Factor in Social Evolution—and tracing the lineage of these issues through the recent #MeToo movement, this webinar will examine the history of women’s economic participation on a global level and consider the cultural, religious, and socio-economic challenges women continue to face today.


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    Dr. Jill Jensen

    Visiting Assistant ProfessorBusiness Administration and Management at the University of Redlands

    With a PhD in the history of comparative policy, Jill Jensen teaches courses on the history of capitalism, workers in the global economy, and the history of work. She recently co-authored “The Gender of Economic Rights” with Eileen Boris, included in The Routledge History of Human Rights (Routledge, 2019) and was co-editor of The ILO [International Labor Organization] from Geneva to the Pacific Rim: West Meets East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Jensen is also editor of a new database, Women and Development: The Social Movement, 1919-2019 (ProQuest).