Dear Wikipedia Editors and list members,
I am very supportive of your efforts, and am trying to spread the word about
the search for female contributors and for posts about influential women.
I hope it was not too forward of me to send the following email to Ann
Enthoven of the Stanford Clayman Institute on Gender Studies.
Perhaps someone from Wikipedia could contact her and ask if the Clayman
Institute would like a seminar on how to successfully post entries.
- Susan Spencer Conklin
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From: Susan Spencer <susan.spencer(a)gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 12:43 PM
Subject: Re: [ClaymanFriends] Clayman Institute and Faculty Women's Forum
Event - Barbara Babcock - April 28
To: Ann Enthoven <ann.enthoven(a)stanford.edu>
I love to receive emails about the gender studies at Stanford, although it
is not possible for me to attend (I live in Alabama.)
The current email about the seminar on Clara Foltz has a link which does not
work. Perhaps it is my browser, but I think not.
The link for the seminar resolves to a blank page:
On another topic:
As a favor to the global gender studies community, could you encourage
Professor Babcock to add her information to Wikipedia about Clara Foltz?
Please encourage Professor Rhode to add information to Wikipedia about
Professor Babcock as well.
Wikipedia is actively seeking to have reasonably referenced entries about
influential women, in addition to seeking female contributors on any
If anyone on your staff has material about other influential women please
encourage them to post to Wikipedia.
There may be a learning curve to Wikipedia posting, and there may be some
initial communication from Wikipedia editors about proper references, etc.
But posting about these women will be an asset to Wikipedia and to its
users, and will be worth the initial effort.
Once a few members of the Clayman Institute community learn how to post to
Wikipedia, they can teach this skillset to other lecturers, professors and
graduate students. I'm sure that it would be helpful and satisfying for
graduate students to post summaries and references about the subjects of
their Master's and PhD works, without posting the conclusion of their
Susan Spencer Conklin
@tusuzu on twitter, identi.ca, Quora
On Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 11:30 AM, Ann Enthoven <ann.enthoven(a)stanford.edu>wrote;wrote:
Come hear Stanford's first woman law professor
talk about California's
first woman lawyer...
*Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz: A Conversation with Barbara
*Thursday, April 28, 2011*
Serra house Conference Room (directions:
Sponsored by the Faculty Women's Forum and the Clayman Institute
Professor Babcock will discuss her new book and its connection to the
movements for women's rights and for public defense. The *Judge John Crown
Professor, Emerita*, Babcock was the first woman appointed to the regular
faculty at Stanford Law School (in 1972) and won many teaching awards over
her thirty years at the Law School. She was the First Director of the Public
Defender Service in DC before coming to Stanford and on leave in 1977-70
served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division in the Carter
Professor Deborah Rhode, the second woman on the Stanford law faculty, will
introduce Professsor Babcock.
Copies of *Woman Lawyer* will be available for purchase and light
refreshments will be served.
Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at *Slate*, and one of Barbara Babcock's
former students wrote about *Woman Lawyer*:
"Barbara Babcock conjures and brings to life a nearly-forgotten feminist
hero. This account of Clara Foltz's rise from an under-educated farmer's
wife to an icon of the California women's movement and a national public
intellectual is both riveting and strangely familiar. That a single mother
of five could have exploded into the hurly-burly world of California in the
1870s and through mastery of the media, manipulation of her public image,
and dogged hard work become a national force for early progressive
jurisprudence is astonishing. That women in 2011 could have no collective
memory of Foltz is tragic. Babcock brings Foltz back to us with great
tenderness and subtlety, reclaiming a place in American legal history for a
working mother and national thinker who has much to teach us still."
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