Women, Voting, and U.S. Empire

Womens suffrace

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What do voting rights look like in the context of U.S. empire? The year 2020 marks the centennial celebration for the passage of U.S. women’s suffrage. Long celebrated as a victory for “American women,” this attainment of the federal right to vote left mixed legacies, given the ongoing history of settler colonialism and differential gradations of citizenship based on gender, sexuality, race, immigration, and class. Roundtable participants will discuss how their research explores these mixed legacies, as well as their collaborative work toward bringing this history to public humanities and history curricula.

Faith Bennett is a doctoral student in the History Department at UC Davis working in the area of U.S. women’s and gender history.

Katherine Marino is an associate professor of History at UCLA and is the author of Feminism for the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement (UNC Press, 2019).

Lisa G. Materson is an associate professor of History at UC Davis and the author of For the Freedom of Her Race: Black Women and Electoral Politics in Illinois, 1877-1932 (UNC Press, 2009) and co-editor with Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor of The Oxford Handbook of American Women’s and Gender History (2018).

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu is a professor of Asian American Studies at UC Irvine and the director of the Humanities Center. She is the author of Dr. Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards: The Life of a Wartime Celebrity (University of California Press, 2005) and Radicals on the Road: Internationalism, Orientalism, and Feminism during the Vietnam Era (Cornell University Press, 2013). She is the co-editor of Women’s America: Refocusing the Past, 8th Edition (Oxford 2015) and Gendering the Trans-Pacific World (Brill 2017).    

Join us for the next events in this series:

October 22, Democratic Movements in Times of Crisis, with Michael Hardt

October 29, Democracy in Crisis? with Wendy Brown and James Vernon

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