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Joan Marie Johnson, PhD, is a historian and author.

She is the author of numerous books and articles on American’s women history, race, social reform, education, and philanthropy.

Her book, Funding Feminism: Monied Women, Philanthropy, and the Women’s Movement, 1870-1967, will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in October 2017. It shows how wealthy women wielded their money to help make change for women, including winning the right to vote, access to higher education, birth control, and better conditions for working women.

She is available for presentations and book talks on women’s history, including women and philanthropy, race, social reform, and education.

“This compelling work of original and much-needed research [will] be of interest not only to those who study the history of feminist activism but to those with an interest in the power that private money wields in social justice circles.”–Library Journal starred review

“Joan Marie Johnson delivers a tailored and richly illustrated presentation about historic women philanthropists and the causes they cared deeply about — she stimulates thought and conversation about women and their influence and demonstrates why history is the best subject.” – Karin Victoria, Women in Development Professions, Chicago