2018 Theodore Roosevelt Symposium

Women in the Arena (and a bit of Roosevelt, too)

September 20-22, 2018

TR and CowgirlFor a man whose whole life appears to embody a Cult of Masculinity, Theodore Roosevelt was surprisingly enlightened about the roles and rights of women. Beginning with his senior thesis at Harvard, and extending through his whole remarkable life, TR argued that women should have better protections and broader rights in American society.

Join us as we explore Roosevelt's relations with the women in his life—and, more importantly, his understanding of the role of women in American politics and American life, including Jane Addams, Margaret Sanger, Emma Goldman, and others.

For more information, explore the tabs above. The full roster of speakers, schedule, and a registration link will be posted soon.

Register now online. Registration by mail will be available soon.


"Viewed purely in the abstract, I think there can be no question that women should have equal rights with men; that is, in an ideally perfect state of society strict justice would at once place both sexes on an equality....The qualities needed in the world as it now is being so different from those required in the world as it should be, I shall, in discussing the present question, merely consider the possibility of equalizing men and women before the law, society being still in its semibarbarous state."

Remarks at Harvard University Commencement, June 1880, from his senior thesis, "Practicality of giving men and women equal rights"

All times are in Mountain Daylight Time.

The Symposium begins on Thursday, September 20, with the keynote address at 7 p.m., and concludes on Saturday, September 22, at about 5 p.m. The full schedule will be posted here soon.

Speakers will include:

Stacy Cordery – author of Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker

Katherine Joslinco-author of Theodore Roosevelt: A Literary Life and Edith Wharton and the Making of Fashion

Virginia Scharff – author of Taking the Wheel: Women and the Coming of the Motor Age and Seeing Nature Through Gender

Please make travel and hotel arrangements early to ensure availability. Discounted guest rooms are available for symposium registrants at the following hotels:


10-minute drive from Dickinson State University
532 15th Street W, Dickinson
$79 plus tax
Reservation code "Theodore Roosevelt Symposium"
Reservation deadline is August 31, 2018


40-minute drive from Dickinson State University
301 3rd Avenue, Medora
$119 plus tax
Reservation deadline is August 20, 2018