Martha Ackmann writes about women who have changed America. Her books include The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight and Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League. She has been featured on the Today show, CNN, NPR and the BBC. Her essays and columns have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, Salon and many other publications around the country. She is the past president of The Emily Dickinson International Society and is currently working on a new book about Dickinson.
Ackmann is a professor in the gender studies department at Mount Holyoke College, where she teaches a popular seminar on Emily Dickinson in the poet's Amherst, Massachusetts, home—in the very rooms where Dickinson created her memorable verse.
Kelly Anderson is an oral historian at the Sophia Smith Collection, one of the oldest and largest collections of women's history materials in the world, and a faculty member in Smith's program for the Study of Women and Gender. As an oral historian, Anderson collects the life histories of women who are committed to making the world a better place for women and girls—activists, feminists, lesbians and queer women, social workers, writers and artists, and Smith College alumnae. As a teacher, her classes address the histories of gender and sexuality and are rooted in oral history practice and primary research in Smith's collections. Before coming to Smith, Anderson spent many years in social change organizations, including directing programs for adolescent girls in western Massachusetts. Currently, Anderson is working with Northampton's domestic violence organization, raising an 11- year-old boy, and, in her spare time, writing a book about second-wave feminism.