The Women’s History Affinity Group was formalized in November 2014 after the 2014 AASLH Annual Meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota. As a new affinity group, the primary focuses for the year of 2015 will be to start up services, establish communications with members, and annual meeting events.
The Women’s History Affinity Group is overseen by a diverse committee of professionals from the field who work with AASLH to accomplish the goals and expectations of the group.
The women’s history affinity group will work to:
Create, present, or foster Annual Meeting activities, keynote speakers, panels and sessions, and networking opportunities that share access to valuable scholarship; provide a forum for discussion of success/or not so successful stories; and highlight local organizations and sites in each Annual Meeting location.
Disseminate information to the field through AASLH resources and other blog and listserv forums and similar organizations.
Provide a network that:
- Encourages individuals and organizations to collaborate on projects around themes relevant to national history such as anniversaries, celebrations, or history month.
- Fosters mentoring, professional development and strongly encourage young women to strive for leadership positions within their professional organizations.
- Connects new and updated research in the academic field to practitioners working in sites that interpret women’s history.