Lerner, Gerda, 1920-2013

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Birth 1920-04-30
Death 2013-01-02

Biographical notes:

Author and historian; pioneer in the field of women's studies; b. Gerda Kronstein; married Carl Lerner.

From the description of Gerda Lerner papers, 1963-1977. (Fisk University). WorldCat record id: 70972587

Author, historian, educator (New School for Social Research, A.B., 1963, Columbia University, A.M., 1965, Ph.D., 1966) Lerner was born in Vienna, Austria, came to the U.S. in 1939, and married Carl Lerner in 1941; they had two children. Now professor of history emerita at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she taught (1968-1980) at Sarah Lawrence College, where she developed the women's studies program. She was president of the Organization of American Historians, 1981-1982, and was one of the earliest proponents of women's history as a field of study in developing curricular material, in preserving and publicizing source material, in upgrading the status of women in the profession, and in her distinguished research and writing.

From the description of Papers, 1950-1995 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 86145521

From the description of Papers, 1941-2001 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122521330

Historian, educator.

From the description of Oral history interview with Gerda Lerner, 1978-1981. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309738220


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