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Pulteney Street Podcast: From Elizabeth Blackwell to the ERA

On the latest episode of the Pulteney Street Podcast, President Joyce P. Jacobsen and Professor of Women’s Studies Betty Bayer delve into key figures, moments and policies in women’s history in the Finger Lakes and the U.S.

Professor of Women’s Studies Betty Bayer joins the Pulteney Street Podcast with President Joyce P. Jacobsen to discuss Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the suffrage movement, the Equal Rights Amendment, and the role of the Finger Lakes region and the women who lived here in shaping women’s rights through the present.

Bayer, who joined the HWS faculty in 1992, is an expert in women’s studies, working at the intersection of women’s history, psychology, science, religion and spirituality. She has explored the abolitionist and women’s rights movements, and their common history in central New York. From 2017 to 2019, she served as president of the board of directors of the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y. From 2013 to 2015, she was a senior fellow at the Martin Marty Center for the Study of Religion at the University of Chicago.

Recognized for her outstanding work as an educator and leader, Bayer received the HWS Faculty Teaching Award in 2004 and the Community Service Award in 2009. She served as the chair of the Women’s Studies Program for more than a decade and directed what is now the Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice from 2002 to 2009.

A social psychologist, Bayer has directed her research in the areas of science, subjectivity and the body in psychology. She co-edited the books Reconstructing the Psychological Subject and Challenges to Theoretical Psychology. She has served on the editorial boards of the journals International Journal of Critical Psychology, Theory & PsychologyThe History of Psychology and Psychology and Sexuality and has given dozens of conference presentations internationally.

This February, on Elizabeth Blackwell’s 200th birthday, Bayer moderated a conversation about the remarkable life of the first woman doctor in the United States with historian Janice P. Nimura, author of The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine.