During this important centennial year we have had many opportunities to learn about the decades-long movement for women’s suffrage that culminated in the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. But how has our understanding of this complex and multilayered history been shaped by what we were taught in school? When, and in what ways, were we introduced to the study of women’s history, and how does this depend on when and where we grew up?
Join us on Thursday, September 10, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. for an exploration of these issues with Cambridge-based historian Susan Ware, author of the book, Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote. Ware, a graduate of the Wellesley College Class of 1972, will be joined by Beth Folsom, CHS Program Manager and Wellesley Class of 1998, for a discussion of how the experience of learning history at a women’s college shaped her career as a historian and how her understanding of the nuances of the suffrage movement has evolved over the past five decades.
As this program will focus on the process of learning about and writing women’s history, we invite you to read Susan Ware’s book and her blog post for CHS ahead of time, as well as viewing the recent PBS documentary, The Vote, in which Ware is a featured contributor. We also look forward to hearing your reflections on your own introduction to women’s history and the ways in which it has shaped your view of the American experience.