Struggle to Victory: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote and How It Reshaped Democracy

Please join us for a special live event to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, featuring acclaimed UCLA historian Ellen Carol Dubois.

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 1:30 pm Hawai‘i Standard Time

The women’s suffrage movement achieved the largest extension of voting rights in American history. Founded by abolitionists, the struggle took shape over 70 years, pioneering tactics that still define public protest, from petition drives to hunger strikes. Dubois shows how the ratification of the 19th Amendment required both radical direct action and skilled lobbying, and she explains how race and racism defined the movement and its legacy.

Although women won the right to vote a century ago, the lessons of their efforts are newly resonant today, as a new wave of #MeToo feminism takes shape, as struggles over voting rights return to center stage, and as mass movements are once again changing our sense of the possible.

Ellen Carol Dubois is the author and co-author of numerous books, including Through Women’s Eyes, the leading textbook in US women’s history, and Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote (Simon & Schuster, 2020). She is a professor emeritus at UCLA, a Guggenheim fellow, and she has appeared frequently on National Public Radio. She is featured in PBS’s new documentary, The Vote.

Dubois will be interviewed by UH historian Robert Perkinson, and the conversation will include special guests from the Hawai‘i State Department of Education, Common Cause Hawai‘i, and the Hawai‘i State Commission on the Status of Women.

Presented by the Hawai‘i State Department of Education, the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, Kamehameha Schools, and the UH Better Tomorrow Speaker Series.

Co-Sponsors: Hawai‘i State Commission on the Status of Women, Hanahau’oli Professional Development Center, William S. Richardson School of Law, Kanu Hawai‘i, College of Social Sciences, Department of History, Department of Women’s Studies, Hawai‘i ACLU, UH Alumni Relations, Scholars Strategy Network, Common Cause Hawai‘i, and YWCA O‘ahu.


Please register and submit advance questions HERE.

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