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Dr. Sharon Hartman Strom

Sharon Hartman Strom


Professor of History and Women’s Studies

Ph.D., 1969, Cornell University

Research Interests:

U.S. 19th and 20th century history, including women’s rights, sexuality, labor, race and gender. My current project is entitled “Border States: Boundaries, Bodies and Citizenship in the United States, 1840-1970.”

Courses Taught:

  • HIS 145 - Women in the North American Colonies and the United States, 1500-1890
  • HIS 146 - Women in the United States, 1890-Present
  • HIS 352 - Topics in the History of Women and Gender
  • HIS 507 - Seminar in U.S. History: Sexuality, Gender, Class, Race


Women’s Rights Major Issues in American History Series (Greenwood Press, 2001).

Political Woman: Florence Luscomb and the Legacy of Radical Reform (Temple University Press, 2001).

Beyond the Typewriter: Gender, Class and the Origins of Modern American Office Work, 1900- 1930 (University of Illinois Press, l992, Paperback edition, 1994).

Ellen Cantarow with Susan Gushee O'Malley and Sharon Hartman Strom, Moving the Mountain: Women Working for Social Change (Feminist Press 1980, third printing, 1990).

"'Machines Instead of Clerks': Technology and the Feminization of Bookkeeping, l9l0-l950," in Hartmann, ed., Computer Chips and Paper Clips: Technology and Women's Employment, II (National Academy Press, l987), 63-97.

"'We're No Kitty Foyles:' Organizing Office Workers for the CIO, l937-l950," in Ruth Milkman, ed., Women, Work and Protest: A Century of Women's Labor History (Routledge & Kegan Paul, l985).

"Challenging Woman's Place: Feminism, the Left, and Industrial Unionism in the l930's," Feminist Studies, 8 (Summer, l983), 359-86.

"Leadership and Tactics in the American Woman Suffrage Movement: A New Perspective from Massachusetts," Journal of American History, 62 (Sept., l975), 296-3l5.

"Italian American Women and their Daughters in Rhode Island: The Adolescence of Two Generations, l900-l950," in Caroli, Harney and Tomasi, eds., The Italian Immigrant Woman in North America (Toronto: l978).

Contact Information:


Department of History
University of Rhode Island

80 Upper College Road
113 Washburn Hall
Kingston, RI 02881
Office: 210 Tucker House
Phone: (401) 874-4080

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