Mission Statement

Honor Moore and Alix Kates Shulman deliver the Fall 2018 Dorothy O. Helly Works in Progress Lecture. Credit: Kayla Rodriguez, The Center for the Study of Women and Society.



The places, cultures, and communities in which women live their lives change, as do women’s roles, status, interests, and opportunities. Our purpose as a group is to identify these changes, understand their impact, and explain and portray the complex realities of women’s lives. In biographies and memoirs of women, created in writing or other media, we hope to call attention to the reciprocal dynamics between our subjects and society, to find new ways of looking at and presenting women’s stories, and ultimately to influence the way women’s stories are perceived and written.