We are pleased to announce that the Judith Ezekiel “Feminism in the Heartland” Research Collection (MS-507) is now available for research.
The collection consists of materials created and collected by Judith Ezekiel in the course of her research to complete her book, Feminism in the Heartland, published in 2002 by The Ohio State University Press. The materials include correspondence, subject files, PhD dissertation notes, index cards covering significant events and people associated with the feminist movement in Dayton during the 1970s, and oral history interviews of over fifty-eight activists.
For a complete description of the collection, including box and folder listing, view the online finding aid (PDF).
Judith Ezekiel (b. 1956) grew up in Dayton View, Ohio, where she lived from a young age through the spring of 1973, and again during the summers of 1974 and 1975. Her family had a history of political involvement, with her parents active in community politics, a maternal grandfather who was a union organizer, and a paternal grandmother who served as secretary to suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt. With familial and community influences, Ezekiel’s own participation in politics started when she was young. During high school, she attended several Dayton Women’s Liberation (DWL) events and Dayton Women’s Center’s community events and benefits. Later, in 1975 after returning to Dayton from Ann Arbor, where she was a student at the University of Michigan, Ezekiel attended the Socialist Feminist Conference in Yellow Springs, Ohio, as a member of the Ann Arbor contingent.
Ezekiel spent thirty-five years in France and was a visiting Women’s Studies professor at Wright State University from the Université de Toulouse. She has published on the women’s movements in the United States and France, comparative race and ethnicities, and Franco-American, (mis)representations. She co-organized the 3rd international Francophone women’s studies conference, “Ruptures, Résistances et Utopies, in September 2002 and was a founding member of the research group “Race et Genre”, established in 2003. Ezekiel has published papers in “European Journal of Women’s Studies”, “Women’s Studies Quarterly”, “Nouvelles Questions Féministes”, et “Les Temps Modernes”. She was also an associate editor for ten years and a member of the Management committee of the “European Journal of Women’s Studies.”