“3 Generations Fighting for Women’s Right to Vote”

March 2, 2013 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
GWU's Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street Northwest
George Washington University-Development and Alumni Relations, Washington, DC 20052

Join the National Women’s History Museum* (NWHM) for this speical event.

Hear the story of the heroines, heroes and villains that made up the three generations fighting for women’s right to vote. Amazing history largely unknown to most Americans. This will be a multi-media presentation. The weekend will celebrate the Centennial as a turning point in the largest bloodless revolution in American History, Woman Suffrage centered on the March, and women that planned to rivet national attention on this fight.

Textbooks even today dismiss this incredible feat that enfranchised more people in America than the American Revolution or the Civil War using phrases like “In 1920 women were given the right to vote.” Women were not “given” the vote…they fought hard and one woman died during their fight.

Come hear how they employed what for their times were radical measures to shake up society and the obstacles they overcame.

PANEL: This distinguished and lively panel will be moderated by Ann F. Lewis who was White House Director of Communications for President Bill Clinton; Senior Advisor to the Presidential Campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton; Co-Chair of the President’s Commission on Celebration of Women in American History; Member of the Board of the Jewish Women’s Archive, and Chair of JWA’s Centennial Commemoration of the Triangle Fire.

Lewis will be joined by a diverse panel that covers the full range of scholarship on this subject:

Dr. Kathryn Kish Sklar, Distinguished Professor Emerita, State University of New York, Binghamton, has consulted with the NWHM since 2010. She is the author of many books and articles in U.S. women’s history and women’s history transnationally, including Women’s Rights Emerges from the Antislavery Movement (2000) and Women and Power in American History (3rd edition 2008). .

Dr. Erin Chapman is a historian of U.S. race politics, African American cultural expression, U.S. gender politics, and racialized popular culture.

Dr. J.D. Zahniser is the co-author (with the late Amelia Fry) of Alice Paul: The Making of a Political Leader (Oxford University) the first comprehensive scholarly biography of the controversial suffrage leader

Mary Walton is the author of A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot. For twenty-two years, until 1994, she was a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer

Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr. is an award-winning editor, writer nd principal of Robert Cooney Graphic Design. Co-editor of “The Power of the People: Active Nonviolence in the United States,” he has concentrated on America’s activist history of grassroots social change. In 1993 he began the Woman Suffrage Media Project, which included in depth research into how American women won the right to vote.

TICKETS: Free and Open to the Public No tickets required.

*At 2 pm, following the free panel, a staged reading entitled “Take What is Yours,” is being held as a fundraiser in support of the National Women’s History Museum. There will be a second reading at 8pm. Tickets will be available through GW Lisner Auditorium’s Box Office or by links through www.NWHM.org and www.suffrage-centennial.org.


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