2019-2020 Speaker Series: Women, Their Rights, and Nothing Less

The Meador Center Speaker Series hosts active voices in America's political landscape, representing views from both the left and the right. The Center's theme this year is Women, Their Rights, and Nothing Less. 


Dr. Nancy O'ReillyThe Power of Together: Women Driving Change
A lunch and learn hosted by Dr. Nancy O'Reilly 
Wednesday, March 11 at noon (doors open at 11:30 a.m.) 
FSC Ballroom 

Join us for a conversation about women connecting for good with Dr. Nancy, an international philanthropist, author and trailblazer for women's empowerment. 

Free to the campus community. 

Women Leaders in Missouri Government: A Panel Discussion with Representatives Hannah Kelly (R) and Crystal Quade (D)
Wednesday, November 13, 5:30 p.m.
Lay Hall Auditorium
Free and open to the public 

The event will build conversation about women in politics, the obstacles, constraints, and opportunities faced by women in the public sphere, told through the lens of Kelly and Quade's own experiences.

Representative Kelly, a Republican, represents part of Wright and Webster County, District 141, in the Missouri House. She has served for the past three years and is passionate about agriculture and rural health care. She serves as Chair of the Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, and Chair of the Subcommittee on Appropriations - Agriculture, Conservation, Natural Resources, and Economic Development. She also serves on the committees for Agriculture Policy, Budget, Rules and Administrative Oversight, Special Committee on Urban Issues, and the Conference Committee on Budget.

Representative Quade, a Democrat, represents Greene County’s District 132 in the Missouri House. She was elected to her first term in office in November 2016 and re-elected in 2018. She was also elected by her caucus to serve as the House Minority Floor Leader for the 100th General Assembly. Quade is as a board member for Better Life in Recovery, is a Democratic State Committeewoman and is a member of the League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri. She also works with the Springfield, Missouri Community Focus Report, Civic Engagement Team. She was recently named one of 2019’s Most Influential Women by the Springfield Business Journal.

Elaine Weiss, Meador Lecture: "The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight for the Vote" 
Thursday, September 19, 6 p.m.
Clara Thompson Hall
Free and open to the public 

Panel Discussion on Women's Suffrage, including Elaine Weiss
Friday, September 20, 11 a.m.
Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central St. 
Free and open to the public

Elaine Weiss is a journalist and author whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor, as well as in reports and documentaries for National Public Radio and Voice of America. A MacDowell Colony Fellow and Pushcart Prize Editor’s Choice honoree, she is the author of the highly acclaimed narrative non-fiction book, The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight for the Vote (Viking 2018), hailed as a "riveting, nail-biting political thriller" with powerful parallels to today's political environment. Weiss is also the author of Fruits of Victory: The Woman’s Land Army in the Great War, the inspiring story of a long-forgotten women's movement.

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"I had in mind my chief objective to impress upon my students the importance of solving the many perplexing problems and questions that they will meet in the society in which they live. They should take a constructive and active part in trying to bring about a more democratic and more hopeful world in which future generations can live."  -Professor L.E. Meador, upon the establishment of the Meador Endowment

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The Department of Political Science and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Drury University are proud to announce the establishment of the L.E. Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship, supported by the Meador Endowment. Founded in 2015 by the endowment in honor of Professor L.E. Meador, the Drury University Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship is dedicated to the academic inquiry of politics and citizenship in the modern world. The work of the Meador Center is to inspire and engage Drury University students and faculty to work toward that "more democratic and more hopeful world" of which Professor Meador spoke.

The L.E. Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship also seeks to connect the community of scholars at Drury University with the city, state, national, and global communities which Drury and its scholars inhabit. The Center is engaged in a variety of educational and civic programs, such as hosting scholars in residence, supporting student grants for study away (for example, with the Washington Center), study abroad, and community engagement.