Linda K. Kerber


"She is a woman of wisdom, strength, compassion, curiosity, good humor, and incredible genius who is capable of confronting pas ideologies about gender so that women and men can work together."
— Mary Bennett, 2009

 


Preeminent among historians of her generation, Dr. Linda K. Kerber has devoted her life and career to the empowerment of women through a better understanding of women’s history. The first professor of women’s history at the University of Iowa in 1971, she became a catalyst for transforming the way scholars and students look at the contributions of women to society. As a humanist scholar, Kerber is an authority on American history and women’s studies, achieving international distinction for her contributions to our understanding of gender, citizenship, and the legal and political status of women. Her creative intellect, influential leadership, and invigorating teaching place her at the top of her field. She has received many awards and honors, including becoming a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States. She is one of the few scholars to have held the top leadership positions in the three major professional organizations in her field – the American Historical Association, the American Studies Association, and the Organization of American Historians. In addition to her scholarly work, she is a civil rights activist, political advocate, and mentor to countless women. Kerber lives in Iowa City and was born in 1940 in New York. She was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 2009.