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Laura Hartley, Speaker

Event Manager for Newman University and holds a master's degree in public history from Wichita State University

Women Who Made a Difference: The Story of M. Madeline Southard

Stories of strong Kansas women are inspiring, and M. Madeline Southard’s tale is no exception. During her 90 years, she became internationally known in the Methodist church for her activism and feminist beliefs. She founded the International Association of Women Ministers in 1919, petitioned for full clergy responsibilities for women in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was a missionary and advocate for social justice throughout her life. This talk will unpack the impact her Kansas upbringing had on her unconventional career as a reverend and her work for equal rights for women in all aspects of liturgical life. 

Contact Laura directly about speaking at your event:
(316) 992-6266

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