On October 18, 2013, Arizona State University Professor and author Dr. Devoney Looser treated JASNA-Greater Phoenix members, students and alumni with an afternoon lecture, The New Woman’s Jane Austen.  Dr. Looser provided the audience with a wonderful look back at proponent and activist use of Jane Austen and her characters to support progressive political arguments in the late nineteenth-century “New Woman” movement.  Austen’s writings and image were popular on the amateur and professional stage, came to be proudly advertised on banners, and made appearances at literary costume parties.  The lecture was supported with a photo presentation of old pictures, play bills, writings, and newspaper articles reflective of the actors from the plays and the headlines created by such historical events.  The Greater Phoenix Chapter is very happy to welcome Dr. Looser as a new member and looks forward to many future discussions.