About Us

The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender supports and promotes inclusive and creative scholarship on women and gender across the early modern world. We are deeply committed to interdisciplinary, intersectional approaches that are historically sensitive and theoretically exploratory, and to teaching that reflects this scholarship. We welcome as members to our community all university faculty, students, and independent scholars interested in any topic that speaks to the Society’s mission.


SSEMWG to take over Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, to be published by University  of Chicago Press Journals

On July 1, SSEWMG will become the owner of Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal. For several years, we have wanted a more formal relationship with the journal, so this meets an organizational goal. When we take ownership, the journal will move to the University of Chicago Press Journals Division, effective with Volume 16, Issue 1 (Fall 2021). To learn more about this exciting move, please read the President’s Letter to Members.


The Blog is Back!

After a year’s hiatus, the blog is back! This time with a post by Dr. Adriana Romero (PhD 2020, UCLA). Entitled “Early Modern Women’s Letter Writing and the Desire for In-person Contact,” this piece examines issues of mobility, friendship, and gender in the letters of Isabella d’Este and Elisabetta Gonzaga as well as the timeless human desire for connection. To read this post or learn more about the Blog, see:

Articles | (ssemwg.org)



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Image Credit:
Lucia, Minerva and Europa Anguissola Playing Chess
by Sofonisba Anguissola, 1555 (National Museum in Poznań)