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Gender and Freedom in America

Lecture Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series

Christina Hoff Sommers

Christina Hoff Sommers

Women's equality is one of the greatest achievements of American Society. Yet most American women today do not consider themselves feminists. Why has feminism lost its broad appeal? How did it become a tenet of liberal thinking? This lecture will explore the history of feminism's forgotten past to argue for a modern version of the movement that welcomes moderate and conservative voices as well as the liberal ones that have dominated the construction of feminist ideology in recent decades.


Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Before joining AEI she was a professor of philosophy at Clark University where she specialized in moral theory. Her articles have appeared in publications such as The Journal of Philosophy, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Slate, The Daily Beast, and The Atlantic

Sommers is the editor of Vice and Virtue in Everyday Life, a leading college ethics textbook, and the author of Who Stole Feminism? and The War Against Boys—the latter was a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year" for 2000. She is co-author of One Nation Under Therapy. Her book Freedom Feminism was published in June, 2013; and a revised and new edition of the War Against Boys came out in August, 2013.

She has lectured and taken part in debates on hundreds of college campuses. She hosts a weekly video blog, The Factual Feminist, which has attracted more than four million views.

Follow her @CHSommers


Portland Forum in Innovation Hall
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

Assigned Reading

Christina Hoff Sommers, Freedom Feminism: Its Surprising History and Why It Matters (Aei Press, 2013)


5 p.m. in Global Plaza, Innovation Hall


(207) 221-4435

Gender and Freedom in America Lecture Poster
6:00 PM
Portland Forum in Innovation Hall

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public