In this issue, six scholars pay homage to Susan Groag Bell, an independent scholar whose decades of critical inquiry and supportive friendship profoundly shaped the field of women’s history. As Laura E. Nym Marshall observes in her biographical introduction to these essays,

“Future historians interested in understanding the development of women’s history as an academic discipline in the United States will find much of interest in Susan’s papers, now housed in the Stanford University archives. Her papers reveal the personal networks and institutional foundations underpinning the remarkable flowering of scholarship on women and gender across multiple disciplines and among a great variety of institutions of higher education from the 1960s onward. They also show the resilience and determination of a generation of women who created a field of study while facing professional and institutional apathy and hostility.”

We invite the next generation of historians of women to acquaint themselves with the intellectual scope of one particularly tenacious practitioner.

Laura E. Nym Marshall, “Remembering Susan Groag Bell

Carolyn Chappell Lougee, “How the Field was Won: Susan Groag Bell and Women’s History”

Karen Offen, “An Unforgettable Collaboration: Women, the Family, and Freedom

Marilyn Yalom, “Susan Bell’s Contributions to Autobiography

Fiona J. Griffiths, “Susan Groag Bell’s ‘Medieval Women Book Owners’ After 35 Years”

Paula Findlen, “Susan Bell’s Christine de Pizan

Laura E. Nym Marshall, “Susan Groag Bell’s Contributions to the History of Gardens

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