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Dr. Mary J. Henold

John R. Turbyfill Professor of History


Department: History
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

Scholarly Activities

Dr. Henold is currently researching how moderate Catholic "women in the pews" responded to both the Second Vatican Council and the Women's Liberation Movement in the 1960s and 1970s.


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

Recent Publications

"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.

Conference Presentations and Recent Talks

“Sex: Catholic Style: the Sexual Revolution, Women’s Liberation, and Marriage Magazine, 1961-1974,” American Catholic Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 2018.

 “Does Anyone Miss the Junior Catholic Daughters?: Assessing the Response of Catholic Laywomen’s Fraternal Organizations to the Second Vatican Council,” Still Guests in Our Own House: Women in the Church Since Vatican II Conference, Loyola University Chicago, November 2015.

“Fashion is not Frivolous: American Women’s History in Four Silhouettes,” Glencoe Museum, Radford Virginia, March 2015.

“American Catholic Laywomen and Changing Perceptions of Vocation in the Vatican II Transition: A Case Study,” Lived History of Vatican II Conference, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame, April 2014.

“The Place of Gender in Catholic Studies,” Presidential Roundtable, American Catholic Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 2014.

“’The Attitude of Sit-With-Hands-Folded-Until-Someone-Tells-Me-What-to-Do-is-Definitely-Not-It’: Margaret Mealey and the Politics of Reform, 1963-1975” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, March 2012)

“The Ladies in Hats Have Their Say: The National Council of Catholic Women, Vatican II, and the Women’s Movement, 1962-1975” (Co-sponsored by the American Catholic Historical Association/American Historical Association annual meetings, January 2011)

“Learning to Bloom Where You’re Planted: Adapting Vocation to the Specifics of Place,” Lilly Fellows Reunion Conference, October 2010.

“Catholic and Feminist,” Library of Virginia, October 2008

Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on

American Catholicism and Catholic History
Women's and Gender History