The new book Ladies Day at the Capitol: New York’s Women Legislators 1919-1992 (SUNY press, 2022) by Lauren Kozakiewicz integrates for the first time the history of New York’s women lawmakers with the larger story of New York State politics.
Through extensive research and interviews, Kozakiewicz documents New York women’s actions as elected officials between 1919 and 1992 and explores how gendered ideas affected their careers and ability to represent women’s voices in government. Ladies’ Day at the Capitol offers a general framework for understanding the women’s legislative careers over time while also providing a deeper look at key lawmakers’ specific histories. The study broadens out to include chapters on creating representative organizations of women legislators and women’s efforts to champion specific issues.
Lauren Kozakiewicz holds a combined appointment as Lecturer in the History Department at the University at Albany, SUNY, and liaison for Albany’s University in the High School Program where she collaborates with New York State high schools to develop advanced history offerings for university credit.
Her research focuses on women politicians and political culture generally in early twentieth century America, giving special attention to the world of New York State politics. She has published in the journal New York History and in New York Archives Magazine. Her teaching experience includes courses on women’s history, New York history, and political & reform movements in America.
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