Dr. Margot Duley

Dr. Margot Iris Duley was born in St. John’s and attended Bishop Spencer College and Bishops College. She received a B.A. (Honors History) from Memorial University, and an M.A. in British Imperial and South Asian History from Duke University, North Carolina. Awarded a Rothermere Fellowship, she earned a Ph.D. in South Asian History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London.  

She is Professor Emerita of History at Eastern Michigan University and Dean Emerita, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the University of Illinois, Springfield.

Her scholarship includes chief editor and contributor to the Cross-Cultural Study of Women (Feminist Press, 1986), funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Where Once Our Mothers Stood We Stand: Women’s Suffrage in Newfoundland 1890-1925. Her more recent publications include a biography of Armine Gosling the leader of the women’s suffrage movement and women’s patriotic work in Newfoundland during World War One, as well as the wartime experiences of Nurse Mona Loder. She is currently involved in two book-length projects, the importance of the agricultural work of Newfoundland and Labradorian women from an historical perspective and a biography of Margaret Duley.

A publicly engaged scholar, Margot served as President of the National Organization for Women,  Michigan Conference, one of the largest state feminist organizations in the USA during the height of the Equal Rights Amendment campaign. Margot is included in a film “Passing the Torch,” sponsored by Veteran Feminists of America and her papers are at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan. Since returning to Newfoundland, she has acted as an historical consultant to the film, “Newfoundland at Armageddon” (2016, Barbara Doran, producer) and the Pouch Cove Heritage Society. She also serves on the Board of the PerSIStence Theatre Company which won a national CFUW Performing Arts award in 2019.