Former University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Gerda Lerner, died due to undisclosed reasons on Jan. 2, 2013. She is widely known for playing an important role in studies relating to women's history, an official of the university said.
Yahoo! news reported that Gerda Lerner lived in Madison, which is in Wisconsin, and passed away Wednesday evening.
Lerner published numerous books relating to women's history in her lifetime. Her 1986 critically acclaimed piece, "The Creation of Patriarchy", gained her much recognition.
She founded a women's studies program at Sarah Lawrence College after she received her doctorate degree.
Gerda Lerner, who's official birth-name is Gerda Kronstein, was born to a Jewish family in Austria in 1920. In 2002, Lerner told the Wisconsin Academy Review in a touching article,
"When I was faced with noticing that half the population has no history, and I was told that that's normal, I was able to resist the pressure."
Later in her lifetime, she married filmmaker Carl Lerner and worked with him in the civil rights film "Black Like Me." Following her husband's death in 1973, she moved to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980.