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Mary Dockray-Miller

Mary Dockray-Miller

Mary Dockray-Miller is Professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lesley University, where she teaches English Literature, Medieval Studies, and the History of the English Language. She is the author of Public Medievalists, Racism, and Suffrage in the American Women’s College (Palgrave, 2017), The Books and the Life of Judith of Flanders (Ashgate 2015) and the editor of The Wilton Chronicle (Brepols 2009) as well as numerous articles on medieval studies, women’s history, and Old English literature.

Lawyer Inez Milholland, wearing white cape, seated on white horse at the National American Woman Suffrage Association parade, March 3, 1913, Washington, D.C.

Why Did the Suffragists Wear Medieval Costumes?

Medieval costume was a standard feature of U.S. women’s suffrage parades, often with one participant designated as Joan of Arc.
Oxford spires

Old English Has a Serious Image Problem

Although studying the language known as “Anglo-Saxon” helped women advance in the academy, the subject is fraught with racist associations.