Professor Margaret “Peg” Strobel of Chicago, Illinois, won the 2008 “Write Women Back into History” Award givenby the National Women’s History Project of Santa Rosa, California.
Peg is a longtime feminist activist and former UIC women's studies professor. She is also on the Board of the Herstory Project and has helped us out many times from behind the scenes . If we gave out prizes, Peg would certainly get one.
The following is a repost from from the National Women's History Project website .
2008 “Write Women Back into History” Award Presented to Activist and Historian Margaret “Peg” Strobel
Professor Margaret “Peg” Strobel of Chicago, Illinois, has been named the recipient of the 2008 “Write Women Back into History” Award by the National Women’s History Project of Santa Rosa, California.
Professor Strobel expressed surprise and appreciation in her brief acceptance of the award, announced on June 12 during the opening of the 14th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. But “she really is one of those people who do the work,” observed Dr. Heather Huyck, retired historian with the National Park Service and a colleague of Strobel’s.
Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and History for many years at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Strobel was one of three organizers of the conference. She recently retired as head of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago, which peers regard as an elder in the growing field of women’s history interpretive programs, historic sites and house museums. She currently serves as Chair of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites.
The official statement from the National Women’s History Project’s read:
“We all know people who love to be in front of the cameras, who love to be recognized. But we don’t hear as much about those people who make things happen, who do the work.
“Today we are recognizing one of the later, Peg Strobel. Peg, (officially Margaret but known as Peg), has been involved with women’s issues for decades, always working for justice in every sense of the word. She has also been a distinguished academic historian for many, many years and a dedicated public historian as well. Most recently she was the Director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and a Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and History, at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She has a PhD in African History, and years ago studied at Delhi University and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She is a serious canoeist, proud mother and active wife.
“Peg is one of three co-chairs of the Program Committee of this 14th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women doing the enormous task of organizing and managing this conference. She is Chair of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites and a close collaborator with the National Women’s History Project.
“We want to acknowledge here her diverse contributions, personally, intellectually and in fostering a community of people seeking to tell the whole story, to include women fully in our past.”
Author and past award recipient Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr. made the presentation before a gathering of many of Strobel’s colleagues and co-workers, including some former students.
The National Women’s History Project is a 28-year old educational organization described as “the national clearinghouse for information on multicultural women.” It originated National Women’s History Month, which occurs every March, and met in conjunction with the Berkshire Conference, held for the first time in the Mid-west.
Contact: Molly Murphy MacGregor
Director, National Women’s History Project
Our booth at the Book Exhibit area of the Berkshire Conference, shared with the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites.