This complimentary course is part of our Winter Warm-up series.
This course offers a revealing look at an inspiring new history of woman suffrage. It explores the hidden histories of the Native American, Chinese American, African American, and Hispana suffragists who also marched in parades, debated with national suffrage leaders, and met with presidents and other politicians. They not only challenged women’s inequality but also fought against the racial prejudices of the age. For some of them, the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 was a moment of celebration. But for others it was not the end of their fight for equality.
Instructor: Cathleen D. Cahill is a Penn State historian who explores the everyday experiences of ordinary people, primarily women. She is interested in the connections generated by women’s movements for work, play, and politics, as well as how mapping those movements reveals women in surprising and unexpected places. She is the author of Federal Fathers & Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869-1933 (2013) and Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement (2020). Cathleen is also an avid gardener and enjoys the fresh produce of Central PA.