Lyn Reese (Carolyn Johnson Reese), the author of all information on this Website, has a BA in history from Mount Holyoke College and masters in history from Stanford University. At the University of California, Berkeley, she completed a year of course work in social studies methodology.
In the 1970's, with great excitement Lyn delved into the new and growing body of scholarship on women's history. She first served as a resource teacher in the Berkeley schools' new Women's Studies program, moving on to become a writer and then principal director for several federal Women's Educational Equity grants. These resulted in the publications: "Sources of Strength: Women and Culture" (a high school unit), "In Search of Our Past: Six Units in Women's History" (for the middle schools), and "Women in the World: An Annotated Bibliography of Women's World History" (general grades). With two other writers, she produced an anthology of cross-cultural and historic writings called "I'm On My Way Running: Women Speak on Coming of Age, " (published by Avon Press in 1985).
Lyn has given women's history, geography and literature workshops for teachers throughout the US, Europe, China and Africa. She continues this work as well as serving as consultant for textbook publishers, and as contributor for such projects as the "Women of Hope - International" poster set, the Wellesley Center of Research on Women curriculum, "Together We Can: Lessons from Beijing," the student book of biographies called "Herstory: Women Who Change History," and various CD ROMs and videos which incorporate the experiences of women. Currently she is consulting for the International Museum of Women.
In creating her growing body of women's history units, Lyn not only uses the resources of the UC Berkeley libraries, but travels extensively to uncover lesser known information about women. "I've traveled in every country I've written about, but one," she says.
Lyn also says: "I'm most thrilled when I hear from teachers about how my work, the history of half of humanity, is an inspiration for students. I love hearing the positive response of young women who tell their teachers, 'It's about time we got something about women in this class!'"