April 19, 2013
New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library
Second-year student Ashley Scoville, a history major, will spend her summer researching at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library at Saint Anselm College as the 2013 Albert J. Gordon Summer Research Fellow.
The fellowship is designed to offer an opportunity for an outstanding student or recent alumnus to gain experience that will assist her in career pursuits related to public policy and public affairs, including gaining admission to graduate and professional schools.
In choosing the topic, Scoville said she was "trying to find something about women-especially the suffrage movement."
Her research will ask if these new roles opened the door for the suffrage movement or made it more difficult for women. "I'm trying to find which argument is more founded in documents" like census records.
"Women had taken on new roles of citizenship" she said, they were taking jobs in the MI5 and secret service bureau and working in espionage with top secret documents. "This was new for women and the suffrage movement came to the head."
This topic was important to her because she said these women "gave up their time and sometimes their lives to push the door open and make a difference."
"Pajakowski will be my mentor. He will be there to give me some guidance or assistance if there are any problems that I encounter."
The fellowship program is made possible through a generous gift by the late Mr. Albert J. Gordon of New York City, a former principal in the investment-banking firm of Kidder Peabody (now UBS Financial).