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Dr. Mary J. Henold


Office: 316 Bank Building




PhD University of Rochester, 2003
American History
Certificate: Gender and Women's Studies

BA University of Detroit Mercy, 1996
History and English
Concentration: Women's Studies

Research & Teaching Interests

  • 19th and 20th century United States
  • Women's and Gender history
  • American Catholicism
  • Advertising and Consumer Culture
  • Urban and Suburban History


The Laywoman Project: Re-making Catholic Womanhood in the Vatican II Era, 1960-1975 (UNC Press, 2020)

Catholic and Feminist: the Surprising History of the American Catholic Feminist Movement (UNC Press, 2008)


Recent Publications

2020    “In Praise of the Card Party: A Reflection on the 100th Anniversary of the National Council of Catholic Women,” Cover Essay, American Catholic Studies v 131 (4), Winter 2020.

2020    “Suffragists’ Work didn’t end in 1920, History News Network, 23 August 2020,


2018    “How Catholic Women Fought against the Vatican’s Prohibition on Contraceptives,” The Conversation (online magazine), 25 June 2018, Reprinted in Sojourners, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Chicago Tribune, and the Houston Chronicle.

"Learning to Bloom Where You’re Planted: Adapting Vocation to the Specifics of Place," in Jason Mahn ed., The Vocation of Lutheran Higher Education (Lutheran University Press, 2016).

“‘Woman – Go Forth!’: Catholic Women’s Organizations and their Clergy Advisors in the time of the ‘Emerging Laywoman,’” U.S. Catholic Historian 32 (4) Fall 2014, 151-173.

 "Helping Women Achieve their Full Stature: Feminism and the NCCW," The American Catholic History Classroom, Fall 2014 (digital resource)

“This is Our Challenge! We will Pursue It”: the National Council of Catholic Women, the Feminist Movement, and the Second Vatican Council, 1960-1975 in Rediscovering the Community of Faith:
Catholic Action, the Second Vatican Council and the Transformation of American Lay Identity, 1929-1979 (Fordham University Press, 2014)

"Consciousness Raising as Discernment: Using Jesuit and Feminist Pedagogies in a Protestant Context," in Elizabeth Petrino and Jocelyn Boryczka eds., Jesuit and Feminist Education: Intersections in Teaching and Learning for the Twenty-First Century (Forthcoming from Fordham University Press, 2011)

Exhibit Review, Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America, American Catholic Studies Newsletter 38(1) Spring 2011, 12-15.

Available as a Media resource for the following topics

(print media resource only)

US Catholic history

US women’s/gender history

US history