Last Event: Thursday Sept. 17 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Virtual Annual Constitution Day Lecture: 'The Surprising History of Women's Suffrage' with Ellen DuBois

The subject of the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership's 2020 Annual Constitution Day Lecture is Women’s Long Battle for the Vote: Surprises on the Road to the Nineteenth Amendment. The lecture will cover the seventy-five years of the U.S. woman suffrage movement with an emphasis on things you might not already know: the universal suffrage vision with which the movement began; the unusual route by which woman suffrage first spoke to average women; how so many women were able to vote before the Nineteenth Amendment’s ratification; and how close the amendment came to not passing in 1920.

Ellen Carol DuBois is one of the nation’s leading historians of women’s efforts to gain the right to vote. She was educated at Wellesley College and Northwestern University, and taught at the University of Buffalo and, for the last three decades, at the University of California at Los Angeles. Among her many books on woman suffrage, her most recent, published by Simon and Schuster in February 2020, is "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".

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