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Nancy Unger, Professor and Chair of History Department at Santa Clara University

Nancy Unger

Nancy Unger has written two award-winning biographies, Fighting Bob La Follette: The Righteous Reformer; and Belle La Follette: Progressive Era Reformer. Her book Beyond Nature’s Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History was a California Book Award finalist. Her new book, co-edited with Oregon State University Professor Christopher McKnight Nichols, is A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
She is the author of dozens of scholarly articles and essays on the history of progressive reforms. Her op-eds applying lessons of the past to present-day problems have appeared in a variety of media nationwide, from print, to television, to radio.
A Seattle native, Unger graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor’s in history; she received both her master’s degree and her Ph.D in history at the University of Southern California.


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Right To Vote Didn't Lead To Gender Equality

By Nancy Unger
As America gears up for next year's 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we look at how the fight for gender equality has evolved since then.
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