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.