When Women Won the Right to Vote: A History Unfinished
A virtual lecture and discussion of the legacies of the 19th Amendment in the centennial year of its passage
With historian Lisa Tetrault, moderated by LEH Vice President of Content Erin Greenwald
Friday, October 23, 2020
11 a.m. (CST)
Participation is free; registration is required. Register now here.
The passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 did not win women the right to vote—despite repeated claims that it did. Just what, then, did the women’s suffrage amendment do? Historian Lisa Tetrault clarifies this history by positioning 1920 as the middle of a much larger story about the pursuit of voting rights, a struggle that is today unfinished and ongoing. Following the lecture, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities will host a moderated Q&A session.
Dr. Lisa Tetrault is an associate professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University. She specializes in the history of gender, race, and American democracy with an emphasis on memory and social movements. She is the author of the prize-winning book The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898.
This lecture is presented as part of Who Gets to Vote, an initiative of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities intended to build public understanding of the complicated history of voting rights in America. Who Gets to Vote is made possible by the Federation of State Humanities Councils with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Historian at Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Lisa Tetrault is an associate professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University. She specializes in the history of gender, race, and American democracy with an emphasis on memory and social movements. She is the author of the prize-winning book The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898. A frequent commentator on the suffrage centennial, Tetrault also serves as an historical consultant for Nineteenth Amendment projects launched by the National Constitution, the Woodrow Wilson House, and Ancestry.com, as well as the documentary The Vote (PBS’s American Experience). The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Library of Congress, she is currently at work on a genealogy of the Nineteenth Amendment.
VP of Content, Editor in Chief of 64 Parishes Magazine at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
Erin Greenwald is Vice President of Content at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. She also serves as editor in chief of 64 Parishes and 64parishes.org. Prior to joining the LEH, she was curator of programs at the New Orleans Museum of Art and senior curator and historian at the Historic New Orleans Collection. Greenwald holds a PhD in history from the Ohio State University.