One hundred years ago, in August 1920, American women won the right to vote, with passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Our earlier conversation looks back at this milestone, how it was achieved, and who it left out. Despite the work and activism of black women for the cause, their voting rights – and those of other minority women – were set aside for many more decades.
Airdate: Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. This show was originally broadcast on Aug. 12, 2020.
- Martha Jones - is a historian and the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of the upcoming book "Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All."
- Susan Ware - Honorary Women's Suffrage Centennial Historian at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and author of "Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote."
The Monadnock Lyceum is hosting a virtual three-day commemoration of the suffrage centennial, including a presentation by Susan Ware and events hosted by the Amos Fortune Forum, Electric Earth Concerts, and the Monadnock Summer Lyceum.
- In the Washington Post, Susan Ware argues that black women, long sidelined and forgotten, must be returned to the center of the history of American women’s suffrage.
- While Kamala Harris will be the first Black woman and the first Asian American on a major-party ticket, she is not the first Black woman to run for vice president. Here, Martha Jones points out several women who paved the way.
- Martha Jones on how, for two centuries, black women have linked their ballot access to the human rights of all, in an essay for PBS American Experience.
- NHPR's Civics 101 podcast explores the myths and unveil the realities in a two-part episode on the Nineteenth Amendment, featuring Martha Jones and other historians. Listen here.
- The NH Women's Foundation is working with the Pomeroy Foundation to have five National Women’s Suffrage Markers erected in N.H. to commemorate suffrage. Click on this link to learn about The New Hampshire Women’s Heritage Trail.