Our History

about the ccwh

since 1969

[1] Bernice Carroll, “Scholarship and Action: CCWHP and the Movements,’ Journal of Women’s History, 6 (Fall 1994), 79

For the 1960s and the early 1970s, Berenice Carroll characterized the American Historical Association as:

"“a gentlemen’s protection society . . . openly supporting practices of sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, and antisemitism.” [1]

Women in History

The Coordinating Council for

The CCWHP soon became an affiliated organization of the AHA. Reflecting the emerging scholarship on women in history, the Conference Group on Women’s History (CGWH) was created in 1974. Since the CGWH remained closely associated with the CCWHP, in 1995 the membership voted to amalgamate the two groups under the name of the Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH).

from ccwhp to ccwh

In December 1969 some historians organized the Coordinating Committee of Women Historians in the Profession (CCWHP). Their goals were to recruit women into the historical profession, to alleviate discrimination against women students and faculty, to secure greater inclusion of women in annual meetings and the committees of the AHA, and to encourage the research in and teaching of women’s history.

Hilda Smith, Nupur Chaudhuri, Gerda Lerner, Berenice A. Carroll. History of CCWH-CGWH (CCWHP-CGWH, 1994) (PDF download)

Nupur Chaudhuri, Mary Elizabeth Perry. Achievements and Battles: Twenty-five Years of CCWHP (Journal of Women’s History, Volume 6, Number 3, Fall 1994, pp. 97-105)

Nupur Chaudhuri and Barbara Ramusack, The Coordinating Committee on Women Historians: Accomplishments and New Goals (AHA Perspectives on History, September 2010)

Read our special 45th Anniversary Reflections


Early History

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The CCWH Advisory Board consists of all the past presidents of the organization.

Past Presidents / Advisory Board

1969 – 1970, Co-chair

Berenice Carroll

1969 – 1970, Co-chair. 1971, Chair

Adele Simmons, 

1972, Co-chair

Development of Women’s History Research and Sources

Sandi Cooper,

1972 – 1973, Co-chair

Status of Women in the Profession


Mollie Davis,

1973, Co-chair

Development of Women’s History Research and Sources

Renate Bridenthal,

1974 – 1975, Co-chair

Donna Boutelle,

1974 – 1975, C0-chair

Hilda Smith,

1976 – 1977, President

Conference Group on Women’s History (CGWH), President


Mary Maples Dunn,

1976 – 1977, Chair

Status of Women in the Profession and General Administration, Chair

Hilda Smith, CGWH

1978, Co-chair

Joan Hoff Wilson, CCWHP

1978-1979, Co-chair

1979 – 1981, Co-chair

Catherine Prelinger, CCWHP

1980 – 1982, Co-chair

S. Barbara “Penny” Kanner, CGWH

1982 – 1984, Co-chair

Development of Women’s History Research and Sources

Medievalist, Status of Women in the Profession

Mollie Davis, CCWHP


1983 – 1985, Co-chair

continue

Co-presidents from 1969 to the Present

CCWH Presidents

Phyllis Stock, CGWH


1985 -1987, Co-chair

Frances Richardson Keller, 

1986 – 1988, Co-chair

Americanist, CCWHP

Claire Moses, 

1988 -1990, Co-chair

Europeanist, CGWH

Margaret “Peg” Strobel,

1989 – 1991, Co-chair

Africanist, CCWHP

1992 – 1995, Co-chair

Judith Bennett,

1994 – 1996, Co-chair

Nupur Chaudhuri, 

1996 – 1997, Co-chair

Europeanist

Peggy Pascoe, 

1997 – 1999, Co-chair

Americanist

Medievalist, CWHP

Medievalist, CGWH

continue

continue

Co-presidents from 1969 to the Present

CCWH Presidents

Nancy Hewitt, 

1991 – 1993, Co-chair

Americanist, CGWH

June Hahner, 

1998 – 2000, Co-chair

Sue Armitage, 

2000 – 2003, C0-chair

Janet Afary,

2001 – 2003, Co-chair

Middle Eastern/Iran

Eileen Boris,

2003 – 2007, Co-chair

Americanist

Latin Americanist

Americanist

Cheryl Johnson-Odim,

2004 – 2006, Co-chair

Africanist

Carolyn Brown,

2007 – 2009, Co-chair

Africanist

Kathleen Berkeley,

2008 – 2010, Co-chair

Americanist

Susan Wladaver-Morgan,

2011 – 2014, Co-chair

Rachel Fuchs, 

2012 – 2015, Co-chair

Mary Ann Villarreal, 

2012 – 2015, Co-president

Chicano Studies

Barbara Molony, 

2016 – 2020, Co-president

Asianist

Americanist

Europeanist

continue

Co-presidents from 1969 to the Present

CCWH Presidents

Barbara Ramusack,

2010 – 2013, Co-chair

South Asianist

Sasha Turner,

2018 – 2021, Co-president

Latin Americanist

The CCWH Advisory Board consists of all the past presidents of the organization.

view list

Past Presidents / Advisory Board

1969 – 1970, Co-chair

Berenice Carroll

1969 – 1970, Co-chair. 1971, Chair

Adele Simmons, 

1972, Co-chair

Development of Women’s History Research and Sources

Sandi Cooper,

1972 – 1973, Co-chair

Status of Women in the Profession


Mollie Davis,

1973, Co-chair

Development of Women’s History Research and Sources

continue

Co-presidents from 1969 to the Present

CCWH Presidents

Renate Bridenthal,

1974 – 1975, Co-chair

Development of Women’s History Research and Sources

Donna Boutelle,

1974 – 1975, Co-chair

Medievalist, Status of Women in the Profession


Hilda Smith, 

1976 – 1977, President

Conference Group on Women’s History (CGWH), President



Mary Maples Dunn,

1976 – 1977, Chair

Status of Women in the Profession and General Administration, Chair

continue

Co-presidents from 1969 to the Present

CCWH Presidents

Hilda Smith, CGWH


1978, Co-chair

Joan Hoff Wilson, CCWHP


1978-1979, Co-chair

1979 – 1981, Co-chair

Catherine Prelinger, CCWHP


1980 – 1982, Co-chair

continue

Co-presidents from 1969 to the Present

CCWH Presidents

S. Barbara “Penny” Kanner, CGWH



1982 – 1984, Co-chair

Mollie Davis, CCWHP




1983 – 1985, Co-chair

Phyllis Stock, CGWH



1985 -1987, Co-chair

Frances Richardson Keller,

1986 – 1988, Co-chair

Claire Moses, 

1988 -1990, Co-chair

continue

Co-presidents from 1969 to the Present

CCWH Presidents

Margaret “Peg” Strobel,


1989 – 1991, Co-chair

Nancy Hewitt,



1991 – 1993, Co-chair

Americanist, CCWHP

Europeanist, CGWH

Africanist, CCWHP

Americanist, CGWH

1992 – 1995, Co-chair

Judith Bennett,

1994 – 1996, Co-chair

Nupur Chaudhuri,

1996 – 1997, Co-chair

continue

Co-presidents from 1969 to the Present

CCWH Presidents

Peggy Pascoe,

1997 – 1999, Co-chair

June Hahner,


1998 – 2000, Co-chair

Medievalist, CGWH

Europeanist

Americanist

Latin Americanist

Medievalist, CWHP

Sue Armitage,

2000 – 2003, Co-chair

Janet Afary,

2001 – 2003, Co-chair

Eileen Boris, 

2003 – 2007, Co-chair

continue

Co-presidents from 1969 to the Present

CCWH Presidents

Cheryl Johnson-Odim,

2004 – 2006, Co-chair

Carolyn Brown,

2007 – 2009, Co-chair

Middle Eastern/Iran

Americanist

Africanist

Africanist

Americanist

Kathleen Berkeley,

2008 – 2010, Co-chair

Barbara Ramusack,

2010 – 2013, Co-chair

Susan Wladaver-Morgan,

2011 – 2014, Co-chair

continue

Co-presidents from 1969 to the Present

CCWH Presidents

Rachel Fuchs,

2012 – 2015, Co-chair

Mary Ann Villarreal,

2012 – 2015, Co-president

South Asianist

Americanist

Europeanist

Chicano Studies

Americanist

Barbara Molony, 

2016 – 2020, Co-president

Sasha Turner,

2018 – 2021, Co-president

Co-presidents from 1969 to the Present

CCWH Presidents

Latin Americanist

Asianist

Monitored university policies that affect adjunct faculty, with the goal of improving the status of all women historians.

Identified universities that provide research facilities to independent scholars.

Established a prize in women’s history for the National History Day competition for secondary-school students.

Sponsored the first international conference on women’s history held in the United States.

Initiated and funded the AHA’s Joan Kelly Book Prize in Women’s History and Feminist Theory.

Pressed to have women included in the Teaching Division of the AHA.

Encouraged the dissemination of information on sexual harassment, sexual bias, and exploitation of adjunct and part-time faculty and supported the creation a policy statement by the AHA.

Brought about the creation of the AHA and OAH committees on the status of women in the professions.

CCWH Achievements

CCWH achievements to reach its goals to educate men and women on the status of women in the historical profession and to promote research and interpretation in areas of women’s history: