Keynote

Native Women and Suffrage:  A Story of Sovereignty

Sarah Deer

Professor, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies – School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas

Professor Deer will discuss the history of Native women’s suffrage in the United States, considering both colonial and indigenous perspectives on the political powers of women.

Sarah Deer is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and a professor at the University of Kansas, where she has a dual appointment in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Department and the School of Public Affairs and Administration.  Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of Federal Indian law and feminism.  Her 2015 book, The Beginning and End of Rape, has received several awards, including the best first book award from the Native American Indigenous Studies Association.  Professor Deer was named a MacArthur fellow in 2014 and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame alongside Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor in 2019. She also serves as the Chief Justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals.


This conference has been made possible by generous funding from Washburn Women’s Venture Partners and Cynthia Heath.

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