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Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement
The story of the fight for woman suffrage is a familiar one. We know the names of the leading suffragists—Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt. We remember that suffrage was finally won via the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. But those facts are only part of the story. This talk will reveal the hidden histories of the Native American, Chinese American, African American and Hispana suffragists who not only challenged women’s inequality but also fought against the racial prejudices of the age. They marched in parades, debated with national suffrage leaders and met with presidents and other politicians. They insisted that women in their communities also deserved the vote. For some of them, the ratification of the woman suffrage amendment in 1920 was a moment of celebration. But for others it was not the end of their fight for equality. It will offer a revealing look at an inspiring new history of woman suffrage.

Cathleen D. Cahill, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Penn State University, is a social historian who explores the everyday experiences of ordinary people, primarily women. She focuses on women's working and political lives, asking how identities such as race, nationality, class and age have shaped them. She is also interested in the connections generated by women's movements for work, play and politics, and how mapping those movements reveal women in surprising and unexpected places.

She is the author of "Federal Fathers and Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869–1932" (University of North Carolina Press, 2011), which won the Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award and was a finalist for the David J. Weber and Bill Clements Book Prize. Her most recent book, "Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement" (UNCP, Fall 2020), follows the lead of feminist scholars of color calling for alternative "genealogies of feminism."

Mar 12, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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