In conjunction with the 170th anniversary of the First Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, N.Y., Professor of Women’s Studies and President of the National Women’s Hall of Fame Betty Bayer participated in a panel discussion on the role of women in the promotion of peace.
The discussion took place at The Guntzel Theater, Women’s Rights National Historical Park on Saturday, July 21. Other panelists included Donna Reed Foundation board member Mary Owen, George R. Cooley Curator at Swarthmore College Peace Collection Wendy Chmielewski, and curator of the Friends Historical Society at Swarthmore College Christopher Densmore.
In addition to serving as the panel’s moderator, Bayer spoke about the history and legacy of The Seneca Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace of Justice, which was founded by concerned women in upstate New York on July 4, 1983. Visitors to Seneca Falls also had the opportunity to visit exhibits on Lucretia Mott, the Universal Peace Union and Donna Reed, and Another Mother for Peace at The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum/ IDEA Center for the Voices of Humanity.
Bayer is an expert on the intersections 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. Recognized for her outstanding teaching, Bayer received the Colleges’ Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 2004 and the Community Service Award in 2009. She has served as the chair of the Women’s Studies Program since 2001 and directed the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men from 2002 to 2009. Follow the NWHF on Facebook and on Instagram.
A former senior fellow at the Martin Marty Center for the Study of Religion at the University of Chicago, Bayer earned her Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. in psychology from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.