"We are battling for the good of those who shall come after us."



Awarded one of the first doctorates in the country for work in women’s studies (UC Santa Cruz) and a founder of one the first college-level women’s studies programs in the United States (CSU Sacramento), Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner has taught women’s studies courses for 48 years. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in The Renée Crown University Honors Program, Syracuse University and the St. John Fisher Executive Leadership Program.

She wrote the faculty guide for Not for Ourselves Alone, Ken Burns’ documentary on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and appeared in that film and numerous history films and radio programs. Dr. Wagner was selected as one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s E-News in 2015. Dr. Wagner serves on the New York Suffrage Centennial Commission.

Founder and Executive Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue in Fayetteville, New York, she received the Katherine Coffey Award for outstanding service to museology from the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums in 2012. 

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An intersectional anthology of works by the known and unknown women that shaped and established the suffrage movement, in time for the 2020 centennial of women's right to vote, with a foreword by Gloria Steinem.

Comprised of historical texts spanning two centuries, The Women's Suffrage Movement is a comprehensive and singular volume that covers the major issues and figures involved in the movement, with a distinctive focus on diversity, incorporating race, class, and gender, and illuminating minority voices. In an effort to spotlight the many influential voices that were excluded from the movement, the writings of well-known suffragists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony are featured alongside accounts of Native American women who inspired suffragists like Matilda Joslyn Gage to join the movement, as well as African American suffragists such as Sarah Mapps Douglas and Harriet Purvis, who were often left out of the conversation because of their race. 

The editor, Sally Roesch Wagner, is a pre-eminent scholar of the diverse backbone of the women's suffrage movement, the founding director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, and serves on the New York State Women's Suffrage Commission.


W.S.M named 1 of 7 New Feminist Nonfiction Books For 2019 by BUSTLE. "Knowledge Is Power".


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Two women run for president 150 years ago


One spends election night in jail for exposing #metoo violations by the most famous minister in the U.S. and two Wall Street operatives. The other one wins the entire electoral vote of Indiana.

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So you thought you knew about women's fight for women's rights?


But did you know that women voted in the colonies? That demanding “equal pay for equal work” was old hat by 1850? Or early suffragists demanded reproductive rights and an end to sex trafficking? There’s more…

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Women had more rights on United States soil 1000 years ago than they do now


Native women had responsibility for choosing the leadership, managed the economy, decided all issues of peace and war, controlled their own bodies and lived free of violence centuries before immigrants began arriving.



Q: “What do you plan to read next?” 

A: “A manuscript by my friend Sally Roesch Wagner, who has spent many years learning how and why the Seneca women and others of the Iroquois Confederacy inspired by example their European American women neighbors to start the suffrage movement. Very real. Very unknown. Very exciting.”

Gloria Steinem, New York Times

…The audience reaction was spontaneous.

Los Angeles Times

I floated along for several days on a blissful cloud of satisfaction about your appearance here.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

…as compelling a piece of living history and as persuasive a piece of teaching as I've ever seen.

Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls, NY

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