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History prof uses federal grant to help tell women’s rights story

Mona Siegel Sacramento State faculty are renowned as educators in the classroom and laboratory, but many also are nationally recognized researchers, authors, and scholars. One of them is History Professor Mona Siegel, who has received a $50,400 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete her book on a pivotal moment in the struggle for women’s rights.

Using an earlier grant, Siegel already has spent two years doing research for the book, More than Half of Humanity: The Women Who Shaped the Peace of 1919, about women and the Paris Peace Conference that followed World War I.

Women were excluded from the negotiating table, but that didn’t keep them from making their voices heard – fighting for progress, including the right to vote, labor rights, and equal pay. “For the first time, I realized there were women who tried to change the world before my generation,” Siegel says. “The issues the book will present are still very relevant in the world we live in today.”
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