S.C. women to be celebrated June 4
A public symposium celebrating the lives of South Carolina women is set for Thursday, June 4, at the University of South Carolina and is expected to draw scholars from around the world who have written about Palmetto State women.
Hosted by the university’s College of Arts and Sciences, “South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times,” will take place in the Daniel-Mickel Center on the eighth floor of the Moore School of Business. The daylong event begins at 8:30 a.m. and will feature concurrent sessions with dozens of mini-presentations on the lives of notable South Carolina women, from the Native American “Lady of Cofitachequi,” who reigned in the 1500s, to S.C. Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal.
The event is co-sponsored by the Southeastern Institute for Women and Politics and the Alliance for Women. The symposium is open and intended for the public; lunch is optional. Fees are $20 for registration and parking or $40, which includes lunch. Reservations can be made on line at http://saeu.sc.edu/reg/symposium/
The symposium coincides with the release of the first installment in the three-volume anthology, “South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times,” co-edited by Dr. Marjorie Spruill and Dr. Valinda Littlefield at the university and Dr. Joan Marie Johnson of Northeastern Illinois University. The anthology is being published by University of Georgia Press. Throughout the symposium, authors will bring their biographical entries to life through lively accounts of South Carolina women who were patriots, slaves, plantation mistresses, abolitionists, suffragists, preservationists, mill workers, World War II shipyard welders, civil-rights leaders, artists, scientists, politicians and even a stock-car driver. A number of the women whose stories will be told are expected to attend and be recognized for their role in the history of the state.
The symposium on South Carolina women will take place just before a major conference, the Eighth Southern Conference on Women’s History, the triennial conference of the Southern Association for Women Historians. The conference begins the evening of June 4 and runs through Saturday, June 6. The gathering will feature women’s history scholars from the United States and Europe.