Pamela Susan Haag combines a background in 20th century U.S. women’s history with extensive research on the issues facing contemporary American girls and women. During her tenure as Director of Research for the American Association of University Women’s Educational Foundation, she served as a primary spokesperson for the organization, appearing on CNN, MSNBC, and other major media outlets. She is the author of Voices of a Generation: Teenage Girls Report about Their Lives Today (2000); Beyond the “Gender Wars”: A Conversation about Girls, Boys, and Education (2001); and is currently at work on Tales from the Tenure Files: How Professional Women have Defined and Redefined Sex Discrimination.

Robert Lipsyte a long-time city and sports columnist of the New York Times, is the author of sixteen books, including In the Country of Illness: Comfort and Advice for the Journey (1998), SportsWorld: An American Dreamland (1975), and numerous young adult novels. A former network correspondent at CBS and NBC, Lipsyte won an Emmy in 1990 for on-camera achievement as host of the nightly WNET public affairs broadcast, “The Eleventh Hour.” In 1966 and in 1996, he won Columbia University’s Meyer Berger Award for distinguished reporting. In 1992, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary, and in 2001, he won the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement in Young Adult Literature.

Gwendolyn Mink writes and teaches about the race, class, and gender dynamics of law, social policy, and social movements. A professor of politics at the University of California at Santa Cruz for many years, in July 2001 she joined the faculty at Smith College. She is author of Hostile Environment: The Political Betrayal of Sexually Harassed Women (2000), Welfare’s End (1998), The Wages of Motherhood: Inequality in the Welfare State, 1917-1942 (1995), and Old Labor and New Immigrants in American Political Development: Union, Party, and State, 1875-1920 (1986). In addition to writing commentaries for the New York Times, Newsday, and the San Jose Mercury News, she is the editor of Whose Welfare? (1999) and co-editor with Wilma Mankiller, Marysa Navarro, Barbara Smith, and Gloria Steinem of The Readers' Companion to U.S. Women's History (1998). In January 2001, Women’s News named her one of “21 Women Shaping the 21st Century.”

Kathy Peiss is the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania. An acclaimed historian and writer, her teaching and research have focused on American women’s history, the history of sexuality, and 20th century cultural history. She is the author of Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York (1986); Men and Women: A History of Costume, Gender, and Power (co-authored with Barbara Clark Smith, 1989); and Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture (1998), which was named one of Amazon’s top ten women’s studies books in 1999. She has served as a consultant to museums, archives, public history projects, and numerous film projects, including the recent PBS documentaries New York and Miss America.

Jeffrey Sammons is professor of history at New York University, specializing in sports history and race. He is the author of Beyond the Ring: The Role of Boxing in American Society (1988), “Rebel with a Cause: Muhammad Ali as Sixties Protest Symbol” (In Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ, edited by Elliot Gorn, 1995), and “‘Race’ and Sport: A Critical Historical Examination” (Journal of Sport History, Fall 1994). He is also on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sport History, the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, and the Southern Historical Association.

Bruce Schulman is professor of American Studies at Boston University and the author of From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt: Federal Policy, Economic Development, and the Transformation of the South, 1938-1980 (1991); Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism (1995); and The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics. In 1989-90, he was director of the History Project in California, a joint effort of the University of California and the California State Department of Education to improve history education in the public schools. In 1993, as associate professor at UCLA, Schulman received the Luckman Distinguished Teaching Award and the Eby Award for the Art of Teaching. From 1997 to 2002, he was Director of the American and New England Studies Program at Boston University.

Susan Ware is an author and teacher specializing in 20th century American history and the history of American women at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University. She is the editor of the biographical dictionary Notable American Women: Completing the Twentieth Century (2004). Her recent books include It’s One O’Clock and Here is Mary Margaret McBride: A Radio Biography (2005); Letter to the World: Seven Women Who Shaped the American Century (1998); and Still Missing: Amelia Earhart and the Search for Modern Feminism (1993). From 1986 to 1995 she taught in the history department of New York University; she has also taught at Harvard University, the University of New Hamsphire, and Tufts University. Her other books include Partner and I: Molly Dewson, Feminism, and New Deal Politics (1987), Holding Their Own: American Women in the 1930s (1982); and Beyond Suffrage: Women and the New Deal (1981). She is currently writing a book about Title IX, sports feminism, and Billie Jean King.