Sponsored by the Schar School Gender and Policy (GAP) Center
There is much to celebrate for the Centennial of Women's Suffrage, but there are also some hard truths to be reckoned with, including the fact that Black women had to wait years before they could realistically claim this right, and that it wasn't until the 1965 Voting Rights Act that that right was more meaningfully and broadly secured. Native women didn't gain citizenship until 1924 and had to win the right to vote state by state. And federal policy barred immigrants of Asian descent from becoming U.S. citizens and having access to the vote until 1952.
We'll discuss the gender and racial implications of the passage of the 19th amendment; consider the implications for the representation of women in the public sphere in the present day; and highlight the upcoming historic gubernatorial run of two seasoned elected officials from Virginia vying to become the state’s first woman, and the nation’s first African-American woman governor.
Panel Discussion Moderated by Professor Bonnie Stabile, GAP Director
Introduction and Welcome by Dean Mark Rozell
- Carrie N. Baker, Professor and Chair, Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College
- Andrea Douglas, MBA, PhD, Executive Director, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
- Emily Martin, Vice President for Education Workplace Justice, National Women's Law Center
- Beverly Guy-Sheftal, Professor of Women’s Studies and English at Spelman College
Invited Keynote Speakers
- Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy (Virginia-2)
- Senator Jennifer McCLellan (Virginia-9)
For additional information, please contact Bonnie Stabile at firstname.lastname@example.org.