Upcoming Events 

The Superwoman: How a Progressive Era Journalist Helped Women Get the Vote

Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

7 p.m.

Cary Memorial Library

1874 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 


In honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, Lexington author Lori Harrison-Kahan will discuss her new book, The Superwoman and Other Writings, an edited collection of journalism and fiction by Miriam Michelson. One of the first female journalists in San Francisco in the 1890s, Michelson went on to become a suffrage activist and a bestselling author of feminist fiction like “The Superwoman,” a novella that inspired the “Wonder Woman” comics. Harrison-Kahan's talk will address Michelson's upbringing in Virginia City, Nevada, during the Gold Rush; her influence on Progressive Era politics; and her relevance to contemporary movements like #MeToo.

Writing for Women's Rights, from Miriam Michelson and the Suffrage Movement to Today

Thursday, March 5, 2020

12:00 p.m. 

92nd Street Y

1395 Lexington Avenue,

New York, NY

2020 is a landmark year for women, marking 100 years of American women having the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment. 


In honor of this historic centennial, Lori Harrison-Kahan and Joan Michelson will discuss the role that women journalists played in securing the right to vote. They will share the story of Miriam Michelson, a pioneering female journalist, women’s rights activist, and best-selling novelist who leveraged her fame to keep the suffrage movement in the headlines. They will also discuss why Miriam’s story remains relevant to women’s equality and advancement today.


Register here.

Stay tuned for more information about future events in Massachusetts, California, New York, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and other locations!
Past Events 

The Superwoman: Miriam Michelson and Suffrage Activism in San Francisco

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019

7:00 p.m. 

Mechanics' Institute

57 Post Street

San Francisco, CA

In this presentation, Lori Harrison-Kahan will discuss the career of writer and suffrage activist Miriam Michelson, an overlooked figure of the early women’s rights movement. One of San Francisco’s first women reporters in the 1890s, Michelson went on to become a bestselling author of feminist fiction. Her works include “The Superwoman,” a novella about a matriarchal utopian society that inspired the “Wonder Woman” comics. Harrison-Kahan’s talk will address Michelson’s upbringing as the daughter of Jewish immigrants in Virginia City, Nevada; her influence on Progressive Era politics in San Francisco; and her relevance to contemporary movements such as #MeToo.

Register here.

This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library and Alta Magazine.

The Politics of Knowledge in Jewish Women's Activism

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019

4:10 - 5:25 p.m.

National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference 

Hilton Union Square

Lori will participate in a roundtable that analyzes Jewish women’s activism in various eras and regions with an emphasis on the ways that activists disrupted dominant knowledge systems to advance social justice. She will discuss how Miriam Michelson and Anna Strunsky, activists and writers from turn-of-the-twentieth-century San Francisco, used journalism as a means of advocating gender and economic equality. 

View the full conference program here.

Harvard Book Store

Friday, Sept. 20, 2019

3 p.m.

Harvard Book Store

1256 Massachusetts Ave.

Cambridge, MA

Lori Harrison-Kahan will be in conversation with Joan Michelson as part of the Harvard Book Store's Friday Forum series

Women's Summit for Political Engagement

Saturday, June 29, 2019

8 p.m.

Hilton McLean

Tysons Corner, VA

Telling Our Story Stage
Sponsored by Bards Alley
  • 8:00pm – 8:15pm – Mix & Mingle

  • 8:15pm – 9:00pm – “Telling Our Stories: Women in History” Panel of Authors

    • Moderator: Joan Michelson, host of Green Connections Radio podcast, Forbes contributor, women’s advocate and great-great niece of suffrage reporter and activist Miriam Michelson

    • Mary Hartnett, My Own Words: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    • Lori Harrison-Kahan, ed., The Superwoman and Other Writings by Miriam Michelson

    • Patricia Miller, Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the “Powerless” Woman Who Took on Washington

    • Samantha Seiple, Louisa On the Front Lines: Louisa May Alcott in the Civil War

  • 9:00pm – 9:45pm – “Women Warriors” Panel of Authors

    • Tee Marie Hanible, The Warrior Code: 11 Principles to Unleash the Badass Inside of You

    • Taylor Lustig, contributor of Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House

    • Moms Demand Action, Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World

  • 9:45pm – 10:00pm  – Author Meet & Greet

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage

Monday, June 24, 2019

7 p.m.


Washington, D.C.

The Newseum marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed all American women the right to vote, with a conversation featuring today’s top political journalists.

The program will also celebrate the work of Miriam Michelson, a revolutionary journalist and best-selling feminist novelist who leveraged her fame and notoriety to keep the suffrage movement on the front page of the news at the turn of the 20th century.


The new book The Superwoman and Other Writings by Miriam Michelson, edited with an introduction by Lori Harrison-Kahan and foreword by Joan Michelson, Miriam’s great-great niece, is the first collection of newspaper articles and fiction written by Miriam Michelson.

The event is free and open to the public.

Watch the video here

View photos here

Women Writers and the Nineteenth Amendment

Saturday, May 25, 2019

12:40 p.m. 

American Literature Association Conference 

Boston, MA

In 1919-1920, the United States will be observing the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. In this roundtable, participants will discuss how nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century women writers from a variety of backgrounds turned to literature and print culture as a means of suffrage activism as well as a forum for political debate and democratic participation in the face of disenfranchisement. Panelists will assess the legacy of women’s writing (including continued efforts to recover works in order to expand the canon of suffrage literature); the role of past and current women writers in social justice activism today; and the politics of commemoration surrounding the centennial itself. 




Mary Chapman, University of British Columbia

Jacqueline Emery, SUNY Old Westbury

Lori Harrison-Kahan, Boston College

Jen McDaneld, University of Portland

Koritha Mitchell, Ohio State University

Moderator: Susan Tomlinson, University of Massachusetts-Boston