Rosemary Agonito is an author, former college professor and former owner of a consulting-training firm on gender issues. She has published nine books, many articles, and has lectured widely on women’s history and issues.


Rosemary Agonito

Agonito’s first novel, Buffalo Calf Road Woman: The Story of a Warrior of the Little Bighorn, researched by Joseph Agonito,  won the prestigious Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Western Novel (2006).

Agonito has been quoted in major publications like People, Parents, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Marie Claire, Glamour, Mademoiselle, New Woman, Men’s Health, Human Resources Executive, Across the Board and others. She has appeared on television and radio shows around the U.S., including CNN, NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, PBS and others.

She has received awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration for her advocacy and training of women business owners and by the New York State Education Department for her training and program development work promoting sex equity in schools. The Robert Earl McConnel Foundation honored Agonito for her college teaching.

Women and Minorities in Business magazine recognized her as a “Woman Who Makes a Difference.” She has served on many community boards and task forces and was part of a small group instrumental in establishing the National Women’s Rights Historic Park in Seneca Falls, New York.

Agonito holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Syracuse University and an M.A. in literature from Niagara University. She taught at Colgate University and Rochester Institute of Technology where she also directed the women’s studies program. She is the daughter of Italian immigrants and has traveled the world widely.

Rosemary Agonito’s published books include:
History of Ideas on Woman (G.P. Putnam/Berkley, 1976). (In print 35 years.)
Promoting Self Esteem in Young Women: A Teacher’s Manual (New York State Education Dept., 1987).
No More Nice Girl: Power, Sexuality and Success in the Workplace (Adams Media, 1993), also published in Germany.
Your Dream Made Easy: A Step by Step Introduction to Starting a Successful Business (New Futures Publications, 1999).
Dirty Little Secrets: Sex in the Workplace (New Futures Publications, 2000)
Buffalo Calf Road Woman: The Story of a Warrior of the Little Bighorn, Winner of the 2006 Western Heritage Award for the Outstanding Western Novel. Researched by Joseph Agonito, (Globe Pequot/Two Dot Press, 2005).
Miss Lizzie’s War: The Double Life of Southern Belle Spy Elizabeth Van Lew (Globe Pequot Press/Two Dot Press, 2012)
Hypocrisy, Inc.: How the Religious Right Fabricates Christian Values and Undermines Democracy (CreateSpace, 2012)
The Last Taboo: Saying No to Motherhood (Algora Press, 2014).