Although she never wrote down to her readers, Fort Wayne's classicist wrote for what would today be called a “popular” audience.
The crowd petitioning the legislature for women’s rights was ridiculed in the press as a “field of crinoline” and a “surging mass of pantaloons.”
When she ran for delegate to the 1920 Republican State Convention, the first woman whose name appeared on a ballot in Indiana could not yet vote.
A much-needed outlet for interaction and conviviality, women’s clubs of the nineteenth and early twentieth century had a far more serious function.
Talk of zoology at Indiana University often turns to a scholar whose research shifted from gall wasps to human sexuality, shaking the world in the process. Decades before Alfred Kinsey began his groundbreaking work, however, the IU Department of Zoology became noteworthy for another reason—also related to sex and gender.
Having earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology, Effa Funk Muhse made history as IU’s first female Ph.D. when that same department awarded her the degree in 1908.
May Wright Sewall was a champion of women’s suffrage in Indiana and abroad.