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The Superwoman: Miriam Michelson and Suffrage Activism with Lori Harrison-Kahan

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St San Francisco, CA, 94115 (map)

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Admission is free for JCL patrons; registration is required:

go to or call 415.567.3327 ext. 703


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 female 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.

Lori Harrison-Kahan is the editor of The Superwoman and Other Writings by Miriam Michelson and the author of The White Negress: Literature, Minstrelsy, and the Black-Jewish Imaginary. She is currently working on a book about Jewish women writers, artists, and activists in San Francisco during the Progressive Era. Harrison-Kahan is a professor in the English department at Boston College.

Co-sponsored by the Mechanics’ Institute.