Institute for Women in Leadership


‘Unacknowledged Legislators’: Writing and Leadership


Wednesday March 19 2014 7:00 p.m.

With Dr. Monika Lee, Professor – Department of English, Brescia University College

Women writers of the nineteenth century were leaders of social and political change. After Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in 1792, in the nineteenth century there followed an explosion of women writing; Mary Shelley, the three Brontës, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Harriet Taylor and hundreds of others championed women’s rights. The legislative changes which increasingly empowered women throughout the Victorian period resulted from a growing cultural consciousness fostered by these courageous and truthful writers.

Dr. Monika Lee – Professor of English at Brescia – is a teacher extraordinaire (awarded the 2013 Brescia University College Award for Excellence in Teaching), a literary critic, and a published and highly regarded poet. To each of these roles she brings energy, passion, and an infectious laugh. Her sense of humour is contagious but her serious thoughtfulness enables her to bring her best to everything that she does. She studied at the University of Toronto for her BA (honours French and English) and at The University of Western Ontario (MA and PhD, both in English) and held postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University.

 Refreshments provided; Free parking. This event is PWYC (pay what you can)

Each TALK takes place in the Merici Lounge from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Admission is PWYC (pay what you can); coffee & refreshments will be served. Free Parking.

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