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Sex, Suffrage, Solidarities: Centennial Reappraisals

A colorful, abstract wall mural depicts women and the words
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A colorful, abstract wall mural depicts women and the words "Votes for Women," "Woman Suffrage," and "Tell Your Herstory"

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The year 2020 marks the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment. What are our obligations to this moment? What are the crucial questions and unresolved problems in the histories and historiographies of suffrage in the United States? The Journal of American History will observe the centennial with a sustained, multidimensional appraisal. From late 2019 through 2020, we intend to publish a variety of scholarly analyses across our many platforms. Our ambition is to foster creative thinking about the amendment, its discursive and material frameworks, and its complex, often-unanticipated legacies. Our theme for the project—Sex, Suffrage, Solidarities—is intended to provoke new questions about the amendment and the political, economic, and cultural transformations of which it has been a part.

We invite original papers on all topics pertaining to women’s suffrage. We seek essays that examine the work of activists, both before ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment and after. We welcome submissions that investigate the complicated linkages among suffrage, citizenship, identities, and differences. We encourage global, transnational, and/or comparative perspectives, particularly if they compel us to reperiodize or otherwise reassess conventional ways of thinking about campaigns for women’s rights or the project of adult citizenship more broadly. We welcome research articles but will also receive proposals for other genres or formats of scholarly prose.

The deadline for consideration in our Sex, Suffrage, Solidarities series is August 2019. For JAH submission guidelines, please visit

We also seek submissions on these themes for the OAH member magazine, The American Historian (submission guidelines may be found at, and for our blog, Process: a blog for American history (submission guidelines may be found at