Over the weekend, members of Iowa State University’s Department of History attended the Rural Women’s Studies Association conference at Texas State University.
Faculty, students, and graduates were able to present their research on topics related to the history of rural women.
The Rural Women’s Studies Association conference is the only international conference that is solely devoted to the study of rural women and their concerns. This coincides with the department of History’s Ph.D. Program: Rural, Agricultural Technological and Environmental History (RATE).
“One of the greatest strengths of our programs is that we take both women and rural concerns seriously,” Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, professor and chair, said.
Riney-Kehrberg said she spoke to many students and faculty members that had very little focus and interest on these issues at their institutions. She said Iowa State is fortunate to have a number of faculty and students interested in rural women’s studies. "It was a pleasure for the Department of History to bring new ideas and discussions to the table that other universities don’t often get to be involved in," she added.