Jordan Allred, Deseret News
Marie Cornwall will speak on "20th Century Women as Mothers of Invention" in a public lecture next week.

SALT LAKE CITY — Marie Cornwall, advisory board member of the Aileen H. Clyde 20th Century Women’s Legacy Archive at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library, will speak on “20th Century Women as Mothers of Invention” in a public lecture next week.

The event is Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m. in the library's Gould Auditorium.

Cornwall will explore the changes that necessitated innovation and the innovations made. Using the oral history interviews of 32 women from Utah, Cornwall will explore the impact of their work.

“The separate spheres doctrine of the 19th century (where men worked in the public sphere and women in the domestic sphere) is clearly challenged by the end of the 20th century by women’s involvement in creating new institutional arrangements in education, medicine, the sciences, the media, politics and government,” Cornwall said. “By revealing what women accomplished, we realize how important it is to preserve this history now.”

Cornwall served as director of the Women’s Research Institute at BYU and occupied the Belle S. Spafford Endowed Chair in the College of Social Work at the U. Her research on women has included the study of plural marriage, the women's suffrage movement, changing gender roles, women and changing religious expectations, and emerging reproductive technologies.