Visa professor gets funding for project profiling women animal rights activists

Associate Professor of Art History Dr. Keri Cronin has received major funding for her research on the history of animal rights and the role of women in this advocacy during the 19th and early 20th centuries:

While researching the history of animal rights, Brock visual arts professor Keri Cronin realized that women did much of the advocacy work in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

She also noticed that, quite often, there was little information about these women. For example, it was common for a woman’s first name to be omitted from the record, with only her married name – Mrs. Smith, for example – being listed.

That got Cronin and her friend, award-winning photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, thinking.

“What we’ve noticed again and again is that it’s always women on the ground, raising the money, holding the bake sales, protesting, and it’s usually men at the head of the organizations,” says Cronin. “This is true today and obviously in the 19th century, too.”

“We thought, ‘all these women are doing amazing work and they’re not getting credit, they’re not being celebrated.’ We want to change that.”

For the full story, please click here to read the Brock News article, and click here to visit the project website for The Unbound Project: Women on the Front Lines of Animal Advocacy.

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