In this episode, we discuss the fight for women’s suffrage, the imperfect history of suffragists, and what it means for women to vote. Misty gives us the history (of course), Allegra recommends some books, and both share insights about voting patterns, voter suppression, and important women in the battle for universal suffrage.
Women gained and lost the right to vote a few times in American history, and even when we achieved the victory of the 19th Amendment in 1920, not all women were able to vote. This is the story of how women fought for suffrage, and then of how women have accessed and used that right. In a future episode, we will talk even more about some of the suffragists who did the work, and some literature about that fight.
Want extra reading? Check our sources:
- What We Mean When We Talk About 'Suburban Women Voters' - NPR
- Mattel adds Susan B. Anthony to its Barbie lineup - CBS
- Don't Mess With the Jiu-jitsu Suffragettes
- Women's Suffrage Reads for Fiction Lovers | The New York Public Library
- Ida B. Wells-Barnett - National Women’s History Museum
- The 1913 Women's Suffrage Parade - The Atlantic
- This Day in History: The 1913 Women's Suffrage Parade - White House Archives
- Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment - National Archives
Books we recommended in this episode:
- Why They Marched by Susan Ware
- The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis
- Saving Savannah byTonya Bolden
Profess-Hers is presented by Misty, a History professor, and Allegra, an English professor, both of whom are here for having a serious, fun conversation about looking at literature, history, current events, pop culture, and media through a feminist lens.
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Profess-Hers is written and created by Allegra Davis Hanna and Misty Wilson-Mehrtens. We produce the show ourselves, with help from Austin Haynes.