Stanford and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage

The historical juncture of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the women’s suffrage amendment, the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the turbulent presidential election calls for a thoughtful exploration of the suffrage campaign and its relationship to other social justice movements in U.S. history. Recent scholarship highlights the ways that race, and class influenced the fight for, and the effects of, enfranchisement. This panel moderated by Stanford history professor Estelle B. Freedman will explore the contours and the complexity of the woman suffrage campaign. Nancy Tate will survey the long arc of U.S. suffrage activism, including in California and at Stanford. Kemi A. Oyewole will discuss the role of Black women’s clubs in the movement, and Joan Marie Johnson will locate Jane Stanford within a circle of wealthy white women donors to the suffrage movement.

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