Women's Political Activism

Three marble statues of Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony

Portrait Monument to Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony, U.S. Capitol.

"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." — Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified August 18, 1920

The following speakers consider American women's political activism, including early claims to citizenship, the pursuit of voting and other civil rights, and service in public office.


Catherine Allgor

Catherine Allgor
Massachusetts Historical Society

Jean Baker

Jean Baker
Goucher College

Eileen Boris

Eileen Boris
University of California, Santa Barbara

Anne M. Boylan

Anne M. Boylan
University of Delaware (Emeritus)

Barry Bradford

Barry Bradford
Independent historian

Ann D. Braude

Ann D. Braude
Harvard University

Victoria Bissell Brown

Victoria Bissell Brown
Grinnell College (Emeritus)

Cathleen D. Cahill

Cathleen D. Cahill
Penn State University

William H. Chafe

William H. Chafe
Duke University (Emeritus)
 Has Video Presentation

Bettye Collier-Thomas

Bettye Collier-Thomas
Temple University

Blanche Wiesen Cook

Blanche Wiesen Cook
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Nancy F. Cott

Nancy F. Cott
Harvard University

Sarah Deutsch

Sarah Deutsch
Duke University

Rachel Devlin

Rachel Devlin
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Thomas Dublin

Thomas Dublin
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Laura F. Edwards

Laura F. Edwards
Duke University

Ruth Feldstein

Ruth Feldstein
Rutgers University-Newark

Ellen Fitzpatrick

Ellen Fitzpatrick
University of New Hampshire

Tiffany M. Gill

Tiffany M. Gill
University of Delaware

Lori D. Ginzberg

Lori D. Ginzberg
Penn State University

Amy S. Greenberg

Amy S. Greenberg
Penn State University

R. Marie Griffith

R. Marie Griffith
Washington University

Gayle Gullett

Gayle Gullett
Arizona State University (Emeritus)

Melanie Gustafson

Melanie Gustafson *
University of Vermont

Sharon Harley

Sharon Harley
University of Maryland, College Park

Susan M. Hartmann

Susan M. Hartmann
Ohio State University (Emeritus)

Nancy A. Hewitt

Nancy A. Hewitt
Rutgers University-New Brunswick (Emeritus)
 Has Video Presentation

Joan Hoff

Joan Hoff
Montana State University, Bozeman

Kathi Kern

Kathi Kern
University of Kentucky

Cynthia A. Kierner

Cynthia A. Kierner
George Mason University

Jennifer Lisa Klein

Jennifer Lisa Klein
Yale University

Lisa G. Materson

Lisa G. Materson
University of California, Davis

Serena Mayeri

Serena Mayeri
University of Pennsylvania

Stephanie McCurry

Stephanie McCurry
Columbia University
 Has Audio Presentation

Barbara Molony

Barbara Molony
Santa Clara University

Maria E. Montoya

Maria E. Montoya
New York University and New York University Shanghai

Michelle Nickerson

Michelle Nickerson
Loyola University, Chicago

Annelise Orleck

Annelise Orleck
Dartmouth College

Sherie M. Randolph

Sherie M. Randolph
Georgia Institute of Technology

Naomi Rogers

Naomi Rogers
Yale University

Vicki L. Ruiz

Vicki L. Ruiz
University of California, Irvine (Emeritus)

Andrea Sachs

Andrea Sachs
St. Paul Academy and Summit School

Donna C. Schuele

Donna C. Schuele
California State University, Los Angeles and UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Leslie A. Schwalm

Leslie A. Schwalm
University of Iowa

Marjorie J. Spruill

Marjorie J. Spruill
University of South Carolina (Emeritus)
 Has Video Presentation

Landon R. Storrs

Landon R. Storrs
University of Iowa

Patricia Sullivan

Patricia Sullivan
University of South Carolina

Lisa Tetrault

Lisa Tetrault
Carnegie Mellon University

Lea VanderVelde

Lea VanderVelde
University of Iowa

Lara Vapnek

Lara Vapnek
St. John's University

Susan Ware

Susan Ware
American National Biography

Barbara Y. Welke

Barbara Y. Welke
University of Minnesota

Barbara Winslow

Barbara Winslow
Brooklyn College, City University of New York (Emeritus)

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu
University of California, Irvine
 Has Video Presentation

Rosemarie Zagarri

Rosemarie Zagarri
George Mason University
 Has Video Presentation