Congratulations to Ashley Pendleton, the 2021 winner of the Martha Jane Starr Library Research Award. The scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate student with research featuring a women’s, gender, and sexuality studies focus. Pendleton is a graduate student working on an MA in English with emphases in rhetoric and language. Her research, “From ‘I Want’ to ‘I Am Going To’: the Patricia Stevens Modeling Agency as a Feminist Literacy Sponsor for Girls”, utilizes the Patricia Stevens collection at the UMKC Libraries’ LaBudde Special Collections. Pendleton’s work highlights how an academic emphasis empowered girls to take control of their futures within the fashion and beauty industries. Congratulations, Ashley; we look forward to learning more through your research.
In 2016 The UMKC Libraries won a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant, which established a small endowment to grant one UMKC graduate student each year with an award for research using the LaBudde Special Collections for research in women, gender, and sexuality studies.