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Megan Seaholm

Associate Faculty Ph.D., 1988, Rice University

Senior Lecturer
Megan Seaholm

Contact

  • Phone: 512-475-7243
  • Office: GAR 4.124
  • Office Hours: Summer 2012: Tu/Th 2:30-4:30; Fall 2012, W & F 2-4 pm
  • Campus Mail Code: B7000

Biography

Courses taught

Professor Seaholm's teaching fields are late-19th and 20th century U.S. social and cultural history and U.S. women's history. Main area of interest is history of women's health care and the social construction of medical science and medical practice.

WGS 345 • Hist Of American Feminism

48120 • Spring 2014
Meets T 330pm-630pm GAR 2.128
(also listed as HIS 350R )
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This upper-division seminar class will investigate various aspects and/or movements of feminism in the United States.  Although we will look at issues of women’s equality in the colonial period, we will spend most of our time studying 19th and 20th century feminist or female advocacy activity including women in the anti-slavery movement, mid-19th century women’s rights advocates, the 19th and early 20th century woman suffrage movement, late 19th century women’s advocacy groups like the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, post World War II women’s rights activism and the Women’s Liberation Movement, as well as what is being tentatively called “Third Wave Feminism.”

        Students will be expected to read several book length publications over the course of the semester, and students will be expected to participate in weekly class discussion.

Texts:

•  Christine Stansell, The Feminist Promise: 1792 to the Present (Random House, 2010).

•  Ruth Rosen, The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement ChangedAmerica (Penguin Press, 2000).

•  Bell Hooks, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center (South End Press, 2000)

•  Course Packet

Grading:

• 60% of course grade based on weighted average of writing assignments.

• 40% of course grade based on class participation. Class participation is evaluated onbasis of participation in class discussion and performance on, occasional, in-class essays.

WGS 345 • Women In Sickness & Health

47855 • Fall 2013
Meets MW 300pm-430pm PAR 310
(also listed as HIS 350R )
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In this seminar students will explore the experience of American women, in sickness and in health.  Students will learn about medical and biological views of woman and women’s health, the social context of those views, the development of medical practices and, indeed, a new medical specialty, for the treatment of illness and debility. This study of American women focuses on the 19th and 20th century and looks at the experience of Native-American women, African-American women, Latinas, working class women, and white middle- and upper-class women.  Health topics include menarche and menstruation, childbirth, birth control and abortion, gynecological disorders and reproductive organ cancers, as well as mental health and mental illness.

Texts:

• Judith Walzer Leavitt,  Women and Health in American, 2nd ed.,  University of Wisconsin Press, 1999.

• Tina Cassidy, Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born.  Grove Press, 2006

• Marie Jenkins Schwartz, Birthing a Slave:  Motherhood and Medicine in the Antebellum South.  Harvard University Press, 2006.

• Sarah Stage, Female Complaints:  Lydia Pinkham and the Business of Women’s Medicine.  W.W. Norton & Co., 1979.

• Andrea Tone, Devices and Desires:  A History of Contraceptives in America.  Hill & Wang,  2001.

• Jael Silliman, et. al, Undivided Rights:  Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice.  South End Press,  2004.

• Barron H. Lerner, M.D.  The Breast Cancer Wars:  Fear, Hope, and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America.  Oxford University Press, 2001

Grading:

Class participation = 30% of course grade

Writing assignments = 70% of course grade

Three 3-5 page essays = 14% each; for total of 42% of course grade;

8-10 page essay = 28% of course grade

WGS 345 • Women In Sickness And Health

47385 • Spring 2013
Meets TH 330pm-630pm SZB 296
(also listed as HIS 350R )
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    In this seminar students will explore the experience of American women, in sickness and in health.  Students will learn about medical and biological views of woman and women’s health, the social context of those views, the development of medical practices and, indeed, a new medical specialty, for the treatment of illness and debility.

WGS 345 • History Of American Feminism

47135 • Fall 2012
Meets M 300pm-600pm PAR 302
(also listed as HIS 350R )
show description

This upper-division seminar class will investigate various aspects and/or movements of feminism in the United States.  Although we will look at issues of women’s equality in the colonial period, we will spend most of our time studying 19th and 20th century feminist or female advocacy activity including women in the anti-slavery movement, mid-19th century women’s rights advocates, the 19th and early 20th century woman suffrage movement, late 19th century women’s advocacy groups like the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, post World War II women’s rights activism and the Women’s Liberation Movement, as well as what is being tentatively called “Third Wave Feminism.” 

        Students will be expected to read several book length publications over the course of the semester, and students will be expected to participate in weekly class discussion.

WGS 345 • History Of American Feminism

47095 • Spring 2012
Meets TH 330pm-630pm GAR 2.128
(also listed as HIS 350R )
show description

This upper-division seminar class will investigate various aspects and/or movements of feminism in the United States.  Although we will look at issues of women’s equality in the colonial period, we will spend most of our time studying 19th and 20th century feminist or female advocacy activity including women in the anti-slavery movement, mid-19th century women’s rights advocates, the 19th and early 20th century woman suffrage movement, late 19th century women’s advocacy groups like the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, post World War II women’s rights activism and the Women’s Liberation Movement, as well as what is being tentatively called “Third Wave Feminism.”  

        Students will be expected to read several book length publications over the course of the semester, and students will be expected to participate in weekly class discussion.

 

Grading:

60% of course grade based on weighted average of writing assignments.

40% of course grade based on class participation.  Class participation is evaluated on basis of participation in class discussion and performance on in-class essays.

Writing Assignments for HIS 350R:  The History of American Feminism

Students will be expected to write five essays.

One essay (1-2) pages and the first assignment of the course) will be a personal statement:  “What I know, or believe, about the History of Feminism in the United States.”

Two essays (2-3 pages each) will be critical book reviews of assigned reading.

One essay (2-3 pages) will be a critical book review of a book-length monograph chosen by each student from a list provided with the syllabus.

One essay (7-10 pages) will be a research paper on an aspect, or episode, of the history of American feminism.  A list of possible topics will be provided with the syllabus.

Each class will begin with a 5 minute essay about the reading assigned for that class. Students will write in response to a prompt provided by Dr. Seaholm.  Students will exchange these short essays with a classmate, and each will comment on the clarity of the other’s writing.

Each student will meet with Dr. Seaholm at least twice during the semester to

discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the student’s writing.   

Students will bring print copies of the third writing assignment to class for peer review.  Students will read each other’s work and make comments.  With this feedback, students are encouraged to make revisions before turning in the completed assignment at the next class.

 

Required Reading:

Christine Stansell, The Feminist Promise:  1792 to the Present (Random House, 2010).

Kathryn Kish Sklar, Women’s Rights Emerges within the Antislavery Movement, 1830-1970:  A History with Documents (Bedford St. Martin’s, 2000).

Aileen S. Kraditor, The Ideas of the Woman Suffrage Movement: 1890-1920 (Columbia University Press, 1965).

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Women and Economics:  A study of the economic relation between men and women as a factor in social evolution (G.P Putnam, 1920).

Nancy Cott, The Grounding of Modern Feminism (Yale University Press, 1989).

Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (W.W. Norton, 1997 edition, or earlier edition).

Linda Nicholson, ed., The Second Wave:  A Reader in Feminist Theory (Routledge, 1997).

Course Packet:  collection of additional primary sources.

WGS 345 • Women In Sickness And Health

47029 • Fall 2011
Meets TH 330pm-630pm GAR 1.134
(also listed as HIS 350R )
show description

In this seminar students will explore the experience of American women, in sickness and in health.  Students will learn about medical and biological views of woman and women’s health, the social context of those views, the development of medical practices and, indeed, a new medical specialty, for the treatment of illness and debility. This study of American women focuses on the 19th and 20th century and looks at the experience of Native-American women, African-American women, Latinas, working class women, and white middle- and upper-class women.  Health topics include menarche and menstruation, childbirth, birth control and abortion, gynecological disorders and reproductive organ cancers, as well as mental health and mental illness.

Course Format:  As an upper-division seminar course, students are expected to read the assignments, report briefly about the assigned readings in weekly warm-up quizzes, participate in class discussions, and complete writing assignments that vary from 3 pages to 10 pages.

Grading:

Class participation = 30% of course grade

Writing assignments = 70% of course grade

Three 3-5 page essays = 14% each; for total of 42% of course grade; 

8-10 page essay = 28% of course grade

Required Reading:

• Judith Walzer Leavitt,  Women and Health in American, 2nd ed.,  University of Wisconsin Press, 1999.

• Tina Cassidy, Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born.  Grove Press, 2006

• Marie Jenkins Schwartz, Birthing a Slave:  Motherhood and Medicine in the Antebellum South.  Harvard University Press, 2006.

• Sarah Stage, Female Complaints:  Lydia Pinkham and the Business of Women’s Medicine.  W.W. Norton & Co., 1979.

• Andrea Tone, Devices and Desires:  A History of Contraceptives in America.  Hill & Wang,  2001.

• Jael Silliman, et. al, Undivided Rights:  Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice.  South End Press,  2004.

• Barron H. Lerner, M.D.  The Breast Cancer Wars:  Fear, Hope, and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America.  Oxford University Press, 2001

Recommended Reading:

• William Strunk and E.B. White, The Elements of Style, 3rd ed., Macmillan, 1979

 

This course partially fulfills the legislative requirement for American history. 

WGS 345 • History Of American Feminism

47720 • Spring 2011
Meets TH 400pm-700pm BUR 128
(also listed as HIS 350R )
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350R

Course Description: 

        This upper-division seminar class will investigate various aspects and/or movements of feminism in the United States.  Although we will look at issues of women’s equality in the colonial period, we will spend most of our time studying 19th and 20th century feminist or female advocacy activity including women in the anti-slavery movement, mid-19th century women’s rights advocates, the 19th and early 20th century woman suffrage movement, late 19th century women’s advocacy groups like the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, post World War II women’s rights activism and the Women’s Liberation Movement, as well as what is being tentatively called “Third Wave Feminism.” 

        Students will be expected to read several book length publications over the course of the semester, and students will be expected to participate in weekly class discussion.

 

Writing Assignments for HIS 350R:  The History of American Feminism

  1. Students will be expected to write five essays.
  • One essay (1-2) pages and the first assignment of the course) will be a personal statement:  “What I know, or believe, about the History of Feminism in the United States.”
  • Two essays (2-3 pages each) will be critical book reviews of assigned reading.
  • One essay (2-3 pages) will be a critical book review of a book-length monograph chosen by each student from a list provided with the syllabus.
  • One essay (7-10 pages) will be a research paper on an aspect, or episode, of the history of American feminism.  A list of possible topics will be provided with the syllabus.
  1. Each class will begin with a 5 minute essay about the reading assigned for that class. Students will write in response to a prompt provided by Dr. Seaholm.  Students will exchange these short essays with a classmate, and each will comment on the clarity of the other’s writing.

     3.  Each student will meet with Dr. Seaholm at least twice during the semester to

          discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the student’s writing.   

  1. Students will bring print copies of the third writing assignment to class for peer review.  Students will read each other’s work and make comments.  With this feedback, students are encouraged to make revisions before turning in the completed assignment at the next class.

 

Required Reading:

Christine Stansell, The Feminist Promise:  1792 to the Present (Random House, 2010).

Kathryn Kish Sklar, Women’s Rights Emerges within the Antislavery Movement, 1830-1970:  A History with Documents (Bedford St. Martin’s, 2000).

Aileen S. Kraditor, The Ideas of the Woman Suffrage Movement: 1890-1920 (Columbia University Press, 1965).

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Women and Economics:  A study of the economic relation between men and women as a factor in social evolution (G.P Putnam, 1920).

Nancy Cott, The Grounding of Modern Feminism (Yale University Press, 1989).

Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (W.W. Norton, 1997 edition, or earlier edition).

Linda Nicholson, ed., The Second Wave:  A Reader in Feminist Theory (Routledge, 1997).

Course Packet:  collection of additional primary sources.

 

 

Grading:

  • 60% of course grade based on weighted average of writing assignments.
  • 40% of course grade based on class participation.  Class participation is evaluated on basis of participation in class discussion and performance on in-class essays.

 

 

 

 

 

WGS 345 • History Of American Feminism

47135 • Fall 2010
Meets W 300pm-600pm CAL 21
(also listed as HIS 350R )
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HIS 350R-39325; WGS 345-37135, Fall 2010,
Wednesdays, CAL 21
History of American Feminism                                            
Dr. Megan Seaholm, seaholm@mail.utexas.edu
GAR 4.124:  Mondays, 2:30-4:30; Fridays, 2:30-5:00 and by appointment

Course Description:  This upper-division seminar uses contemporary documents and the work of historians to investigate the history of feminism in the British colonies of North America and in the United States, 17th century to the present.  Beginning with the question, “What is feminism?,” students will trace agitation regarding the status and role of women, the various forms of that agitation or activism, and different  ideological arguments—made at different times—for expanding the legal and customary rights of women.  Since the experience of women in the colonies and the United States has, as with men, been significantly influenced by race, class, and ethnicity, students will learn about the activism and the critique of these women and the inclusion or exclusion of those groups in the movements led by middle- and upper-class white women. 

    As a seminar, students are expected to do a lot reading and to discuss that reading in class.  As a “writing flag,” students are also expected to improve their writing in short in-class essays and in four essays on assigned topics.

Required Reading:

  • Christine Stansell, The Feminist Promise:  1792 to the Present (Random House, 2010).
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Women and Economics:  A study of the economic relation between men and women as a factory in social evolution (1898, Putnam, 1920)
  • Jean Baker, ed., Votes for Women:  The Struggle for Suffrage Revisited (Oxford, 2002).
  • Nancy Cott, The Grounding of Modern Feminism (Yale University Press, 1989).
  • Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (W.W. Norton, 1997 edition, or earlier edition).
  • Linda Nicholson, ed., The Second Wave:  A Reader in Feminist Theory (Routledge, 1997).
  • Additional essays or documents as provided.

Writing Assignments:  60% of course grade based on weighted average of writing assignments.

  1.  One 2 page essay:  “Given the Enlightenment’s challenges to traditions of hierarchy, why didn’t a woman’s rights movement accompany the American Revolution or the early national period….or, was there such a movement?” (10% of writing grade; 6% of course grade)
  2.  Two 3-5 page essays on assigned topics related to readings. (each = 20% of writing grade; each = 12% of course grade).  Possible topics will be discussed in class.
  3. One  8-10 page essay on approved research topic exploring a particular aspect of feminist in American history (50% of writing grade; 30% of course grade).

Issues that could be addressed in this essay:
1)   What is the 3rd Wave?
2)   The Relation between Feminism and Female Reproduction Health
3)   The Differences and Similarities between ‘Liberal Feminism’ and ‘Radical Feminism
4)   The Relationship between late-20th century Feminism and the so-called ‘Sexual Revolution’
5)   Issues of Race and Class in American Feminism
6)   How has, and is, the ‘feminism’ of African-American or Latina women different and similar from that of Anglo
American women?
7)   Feminist Challenges for the 21th Century
8)   Feminism and the Family:  Problem or Promise
9)   Feminism and ‘Municipal Housekeeping’
10) The Feminist Impulse in the Early Republic
11)  Do Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Lady Gaga have anything in common as feminists?
12)   Will the ‘real’ feminists please stand up:  An historical account of controversies within women’s rights movements in America?
13)  Was there a women’s rights movement between 1920 and 1960?  If so, what was it?
14)  Essentialism vs. Egalitarianism in 19th century Feminism

Citations and Attribution:
Students are expected to use proper citation whenever using the words or the thoughts of others.  You may use any of the major citation style sheets (MLA, Chicago, or APA), but I think you will find the APA style the easiest to use.  The Undergraduate Writing Center provides guidelines for using APA in citations: http://uwc.utexas.edu/handouts

Grading:

  • 60% of course grade based on weighted average of writing assignments.
  • 40% of course grade based on class participation.  Class participation is evaluated on basis of participation in class discussion and performance on in-class essays.

Plagiarism:  Using the words or thoughts of another without attribution is plagiarism   and will not be allowed in this class.  Be sure to read “The Standard of Academic Integrity” posted on the Dean of Students website:  http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/acint_student.php.

Also, be sure to read “A Brief Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism,” posted online by UT’s LBJ School Writing Center:  http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/writing/plagiarism.pdf.

With this information, all students in this class are expected to avoid plagiarizing in their essays.  Students who do plagiarize will receive an “F” in the class and will be referred to Student Judicial Services in the Dean of Students Office.

Class attendance:  Regular attendance in class, excepting illness or family emergency, is required and will be considered in the class participation grade.

Course Schedule: (subject to minor changes)

8/25            Class Introduction and 5-minute essay

9/1            Women in North America:  17th and 18th centuries

  • MS:  Overview of the status of women in western history
  • Reading:  Stansell, Introduction through Chapter 1; Wollstonecraft, posted on Bb
  • 1st writing assignment (2 pp) due:  “Given the Enlightenment’s challenges to traditions of hierarchy, why didn’t a woman’s rights movement  accompany the American Revolution or the early national period….or, was there such a movement?”

9/8            American Women and Antebellum Reform

  • MS:  The Feminization of Religion and “Moral Reform”   
    • Reading, Stansell, chapters 2-4 

9/15            “Domestic Feminism” in the 19th century

  • MS:  “Voluntary Motherhood,” “Home Protection,” and Higher Education:  Feminism?
  • Reading:  Stansell, chapters 5-7

9/22            19th century organized “feminism” and the Woman Suffrage Movement

  • Readings, selections from Baker (TBA) 
  • MS:  Writing issues 

9/29            The Woman Suffrage Movement

  • Reading:  selections from Baker (TBA)
  • Video:  “Votes for Women”

 10/1            NO CLASS; 2nd Essay Due (3-5 pp)

10/6            The Feminism of Charlotte Perkins Gilman
           
Reading:  CPG’s Women and Economics

10/13              Early Twentieth Century Feminism:  Suffrage and More (or less?)
           
Reading:  Nancy Cott, The Grounding of Modern Feminism, Introduction through chapter 3

10/20  Feminism and Birth Control
             
MS:  Overview
             Video:  “Margaret Sanger”

10/27  The Grounding of Modern Feminism:  after suffrage
            
Reading:  complete Nancy Cott’s book

10/29  NO CLASS; 3rd Essay Due (3-5 pp)

11/3   The Early History of the Second Wave of 20th century Feminism
           
MS:  Women’s Rights Action, World War 1 – 1960
         Reading:  Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique
        
Library conference with reference librarians, 4:30

11/10  The Second Wave
           
Reading:  Stansell, chapters 8-10;  Nicholson, The Second Wave, selections numbers  1,2,3,4,15.

11/17  Controversies in the Second Wave
           
Reading:  Nicholson, numbers 5, 6, 9, 10, 16, 19, 20, 23

11/24  Reading and Reflection

12/1  Anti-Feminism, Anti-Feminism Feminists, and the Third Wave:  Does Feminism Have a Future?
Reading:  Stansell, chapter 11; “Lady Power,” posted on Blackboard; other articles posted on Bb

12/9            Final Essays (8-10 pages) due.

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