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  • Tuesday 3rd

    March 2020

  • From 07:00 PM

    To 08:30 PM

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Why They Marched: Celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage with Dr. Susan Ware, Historian and Leading Feminist Biographer in Partnership with the Newport Country League of Women Voters

For far too long, the history of how American women won the right to vote has been told as the tale of a few iconic leaders, all white and native-born.  Why They Marched uncovers a broader and more diverse story waiting to be told, providing a fresh account of one of the most significant moments of political mobilization in American history.  As important as the goal of suffrage was, the struggle was always far broader than just the franchise, and it spoke to fundamental questions about women’s roles in politics and modern life, the relationship between citizenship and voting rights, and more.  Feminism and women’s rights are an ongoing struggle with no clear endpoint in sight and the women’s suffrage movement is a vital part of that story.

A pioneer in the field of women’s history and a leading feminist biographer, Susan Ware is the author and editor of numerous books on twentieth-century U.S. history.  In addition to serving as the General Editor of American National Biography, she is currently the Honorary Women’s Suffrage Centennial Historian at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.  The Library of America will publish her edited anthology American Women’s Suffrage: Voices from the Long Struggle for the Vote, 1776-1965 in July.  She also serves as a historical consultant to the American Experience documentary “The Vote.”

This event is in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Newport County, Rhode Island.

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