The Surprising Movement for Woman Suffrage
Presented by Ellen Carol DuBois
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | 7PM – 8:30PM
Free and open to the public
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This lecture will provide a fresh reexamination of the long and determined battle for women’s right to vote. Beginning with the early, explosive connection to black suffrage, this lecture will also pay special attention to the role of western states in laying the groundwork for the federal constitutional amendment and consider the movement’s acceleration during the exciting years of early-twentieth-century Progressivism. Who was responsible for the length of the battle for the vote? Who were the different groups of women who fought for the vote? Who claimed the ultimate victory? And what did women win once they achieved the franchise? All of these important questions will be addressed during this dramatic overview of one of America’s greatest reform movements.
Ellen Carol DuBois is one of the nation’s leading historians of women’s efforts to gain the right to vote. She attended Wellesley College and Northwestern University, taught at the University of Buffalo, and, for the past three decades, taught at the University of California at Los Angeles. Among her many books on woman suffrage is her most recent work Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote. This is the first comprehensive history of the seventy-five-year-long U.S. woman suffrage movement to appear on more than a half century. She has also written about women’s rights movements internationally and is the co-author of the leading textbook in U.S. women’s history, Through Women’s Eyes: An American History.