Remember The Ladies: The Importance Of Women’s History

Currently, less than 10% of American history curriculum focuses on women. And, of that 10%, 60% highlights American women as the helpmate and domestic partner. How are these selected historical examples shaping the attitudes of young boys and self-esteem of young girls? What would happen if we included more and more diverse stories of American women in American history–and young girls begin to see themselves in the curriculum they study? An expert in American women’s history and politics, Dr. Emily Krichbaum earned her doctorate from Case Western Reserve University and authored numerous articles on nineteenth and twentieth-century reformers. Her most recent work on Elizabeth Cady Stanton will be published by the University of Notre Dame press in 2020.

For 10 years, she taught at Ashland University, where she received both ‘Female Faculty Member of the Year’ and ‘Mentor of the Year’ awards. In 2018, Krichbaum founded Remember The Ladies, a non-profit organization that helps teachers and school districts incorporate more women’s history into American history classrooms.

Most recently, Krichbaum joined the Upper School faculty at Columbus School for Girls and teaches American history and politics. She resides in Bexley, Ohio with her husband, Brian, and their dog, Quincy. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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