Women’s History: Securing the Right to Vote
The struggle to secure the right of suffrage for American women finds it roots in the abolition movement of the antebellum era. With the conclusion of the Civil War and the emancipation of the slaves, the meaning of citizenship and the expansion of the electorate became a national debate. Advocates of women’s rights anticipated that the rights of the freedmen and the rights of women could be advanced simultaneously, but they were disappointed. The United States entry into World War I, provoked new arguments for women’s participation in politics and strategies for woman suffrage. Upon the passage of the 19th amendment and the inclusion of women in the electorate, women forged new political roles. How does women’s participation in politics today compare to what the suffragists imagine for women’s future political participation? View the agenda and discussion documents here.