Distinguished scholar explores new insights into World History and the History of Women
Professor Bonnie Smith, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Emerita from Rutgers University, USA, gave the fourth Ruby Lecture of the Department of History last week.
During the lecture – which was entitled “When Global History and Women’s History Meet” – Professor Smith spoke about how women’s history is often excluded and pushed to the margins. This, she said, is because historians have previously deemed it ill-suited for inclusion, with a decided bias against the inclusion of women when it comes to developing a basic history of the world.
Professor Smith also urged those in the audience to invest in the study of ordinary people, as she highlighted that the margins of society are often places of creativity. Such a focus, she said, could help take women’s history into the spotlight.