In 1987, the U.S. Congress designated March as Womens History Month to commemorate the contributions of women to all areas of American life. In its resolution, Congress stated: The role of American women in history has been consistently overlooked and undervalued, in the literature, teaching and study of American history.

The following faculty at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, can comment on a wide range of womens issues:


ANN D. GORDON is research professor of history at Rutgers in New Brunswick and director and editor of a project at Rutgers to publish the papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. She has written numerous articles on womens history and biography, and edited a collection of essays by scholars of African-American history, African American Women and the Vote, 1837-1965, (University of Massachusetts Press, 1997). Her essay, Taking Possession of the Country, appears in the companion volume to the documentary by Ken Burns and Paul Barnes, Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony. She can discuss the contributions of Stanton and Anthony to the history of womens rights. Contact Gordon at 732-445-7905 (office) or agordon@rci.rutgers.edu.


RUTH B. MANDEL is director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers in New Brunswick, where she is also a Board of Governors Professor of Politics. From 1971 to 1994, Mandel developed and directed the institutes Center for American Women and Politics, where she remains affiliated as a senior scholar. Mandel teaches and writes about women and politics, with emphases on the political history of women in the United States, women in public office and women as leaders. Her current focus is on a woman running for president in 2008.

Contact Mandel at 732-932-9384, ext. 228 (office), or rmandel@rci.rutgers.edu.

DEBBIE WALSH is director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics in New Brunswick. She can speak about the history of womens political participation and the status of women in elective office.

Contact Walsh at 732-932-9384, ext. 227 (office).

SUSAN CARROLL is a senior scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics and a professor of political science and womens and gender studies at Rutgers in New Brunswick. Her interests include American politics and womens participation in politics.

Contact Carroll at 732-932-9384, ext. 235 (office), or scarroll@rci.rutgers.edu.

KIRA SANBONMATSU is associate professor of political science and senior scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers in New Brunswick. Her research interests include gender, race and ethnicity, political parties, public opinion, and state politics. She co-edits the CAWP series in Gender and American Politics at the University of Michigan Press with Susan Carroll, senior scholar at CAWP.

Contact Sanbonmatsu at 732-932-9384, ext. 265 (office), or sanbon@rci.rutgers.edu .


EILEEN APPELBAUM is a professor of labor and employment relations and director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations in New Brunswick. Her areas of expertise are work and family policy, both in the United States and globally; pay equity; high-performance work systems; and issues facing women who work in low-wage occupations.

To contact Appelbaum, call Patricia Lamiell, Office of Media Relations, 732-932-7084, ext. 615.

MARY GATTA is director of Workforce Policy and Research at Rutgers Center for Women and Work. Her areas of expertise are low-wage women workers, the effects of public policy and workforce development on women, and women in the building trades. In December 2005, Lexington Books released Not Just Getting By: The New Era of Flexible Workforce Development, which Gatta co-authored. The book discusses the use of new technology in delivering computer skills training to low-income workers.

Contact Gatta at 732-932-0051 (office).

CHARLES FAY is a professor of human resource management and chair of the Department of Human Resource Management at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations in New Brunswick. A noted expert in the area of compensation, he was a consultant to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics on wage survey data, and is a former member of the Federal Salary Council. He also has served as an expert witness in Canadian litigation involving gender and pay equity issues. He can discuss the issue of comparable worth as it relates to women in the work force. He teaches managing reward systems, economics, and demographics of labor markets.

Contact Fay at 732-445-5831 (office).

TERESA M. BOYER is director of the Nontraditional Career Resource Center (NCRC) at the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers. NCRC is a program funded by the New Jersey Department of Education. It works with the New Jersey education and business communities to increase awareness among seventh- through 12th-grade students in nontraditional occupations, in which fewer than 25 percent of the jobs are taken by one gender. Boyers areas of expertise include gender equity in education and career development, including classroom interactions; Title IX; women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; nontraditional careers; sexual harassment; and gendered violence.

Contact Boyer at 732-932-5473 (office) or terri.boyer@rutgers.edu.


JOAN W. BENNETT, a professor of plant biology and pathology, also serves Rutgers as an associate vice president for academic affairs charged with advancing women in science, engineering and mathematics. Her research has focused on the genetics of filamentous fungi and the use of microbes in the biodegradation of toxic waste. Before coming to Rutgers, she taught courses in bioethics, molecular genetics and the biology of women.

Contact Bennett at 732-932-9375, ext. 386 (office).


JUDITH K. BRODSKY is professor emerita of art and co-director of the Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers, which was recently created to advance recognition of the intellectual and aesthetic contributions of women to art through the collaborative efforts of faculty, curators, researchers and artists. Brodsky also founded the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, recently renamed the Brodsky Center in her honor. An innovative printmaker and artist in her own right, Brodsky can discuss the growing importance of women in the visual arts, particularly since the 1970s, when feminist artists and art historians began introducing bold new concepts that have shaped contemporary art practice.

Contact Brodsky at 732-932-2222, ext. 838 (office), or jbrodsky3@aol.com.

FERRIS OLIN is head of the Margery Somers Foster Center of the Rutgers University Libraries and co-director, with Judith K. Brodsky, of the newly created Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers. She is a national committee member and coordinator, also with Brodsky, of the Feminist Art Project. Olin is a librarian, curator and art historian whose work has focused on the historical contributions of women to the visual arts.

Contact Olin at 732-932-9407, ext. 26 (office), or olin@rci.rutgers.edu.


MARY S. HARTMAN is university professor and director of the Institute for Womens Leadership, a consortium of six womens programs based on Rutgers Douglass Campus in New Brunswick. Hartman edited and wrote the introduction to Talking Leadership: Conversations with Powerful Women (Rutgers University Press, 1999). The book is a collection of candid interviews with 13 influential women. She co-edited, Re-imagining Work and Community, a study of work, family and community in the lives of New Jersey professional women. Hartman can discuss educating women for leadership and the role of professional women in families and communities.

Contact Hartman at msh@rci.rutgers.edu.

WINNIFRED BROWN-GLAUDE is a research analyst at the Institute for Womens Leadership at Rutgers in New Brunswick. She is directing a national study funded by the Ford Foundation that examines faculty leadership for diversity in our nations colleges and universities. Her areas of expertise are racial and gender diversity in higher education and womens informal work in Jamaica. She is the editor of the forthcoming collection of essays entitled Doing Diversity in Higher Education: Faculty Share Strategies and Challenges (under review at Rutgers University Press). She can discuss issues related to racial and gender diversity in higher education.

Contact Brown-Glaude at 732-932-1463, ext. 651 (office), or browngla@rci.rutgers.edu.


CYNTHIA DANIELS is an associate professor of political science at Rutgers in New Brunswick. She is the author of many books on the politics of fetal rights and reproduction, including Exposing Men: The Science and Politics of Male Reproduction (Oxford University Press, 2006), Lost Fathers: The Politics of Fatherlessness in America and At Womens Expense: State Power and the Politics of Fetal Rights. She can discuss the history and current politics of abortion, reproductive technologies and the criminal prosecution of pregnant women for their behavior during pregnancy.

Contact Daniels at 732-932-1919 (office).

Contact: Patricia Lamiell

732-932-7084, Ext. 615