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This Land is Herland Program Series

The Oklahoma Historical Society and Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center present This Land is Herland, a series of programs on women’s activism in Oklahoma.

In “The Fluidity of Power,” panelists explore how women in early Oklahoma found ways to wield power.

Featured topics and speakers:
“An ‘Intrepid Pioneer Leader’: The A-Suffrage Gendered Activism of Kate Barnard,” by Dr. Sunu Kodumthara, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

“‘My Heart Had Been Burdened for the Orphaned and Homeless Children’: Religious Imperative and Maternalism in the Work of Mattie Mallory,” by Dr. Heather Clemmer, Southern Nazarene University

“A ‘Loyal Countrywoman’: Rachel Caroline Eaton, Alumna of the Cherokee National Female Seminary,” by Dr. Farina King, Northeastern State University



In “The Gendered Politics of Civil Rights,” our speakers consider how Oklahoma women impacted the struggle for civil rights on several fronts.

Featured topics and speakers:
“Making History: Being an NAACP Plaintiff—Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher,” by Cheryl Wattley, University of North Texas Dallas College of Law

“‘To Speak so Forthrightly as to Offend’: The Civil Rights Activism and Confinement of Rosalyn ‘Rosie’ Coleman Gilchrist,” by Dr. Sarah Eppler Janda, Cameron University

“Barbara ‘Wahru’ Cleveland and Herland Sister Resources,” by Dr. Lindsey Churchill, University of Central Oklahoma



“Contested Notions of Equality,” brings the discussion of gendered activism to the present era, with presentations covering American Indian women’s activism, the Equal Rights Amendment, and the resurgence of conservative politics.

Featured topics and speakers:
“LaDonna Harris: Comanche Leader, Activist, Matriarch,” by Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham, University of Oklahoma

“‘Until We Organized’: Wanda Jo Peltier Stapleton and the Equal Rights Amendment Debate in Oklahoma, 1972–1982,” by Chelsea Ball, University of Oklahoma

“‘My Children Are More Important to Me Than Any Office I Might Hold’: Mary Fallin’s Use of Motherhood as a Conservative Political Strategy,” by Dr. Patricia Loughlin, University of Central Oklahoma