It’s incredible to me that any woman should consider the fight for full equality won.
It has just begun.
—Alice Paul, 1920
The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. In the seven decades leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment, women throughout the United States picketed, protested, and were imprisoned in their efforts to secure the right to vote.
As we commemorate this important milestone, we must also explore the 19th Amendment’s relevance to the equal-rights issues of today. Women are underrepresented at every level of elected office. Women comprise less than a quarter of the US Congress, and one in three women eligible to vote did not cast a ballot during the 2016 presidential election.
During this seminar, Dr. Kathryn Pearson will begin by tracing women's political involvement leading up to the 19th Amendment.
She’ll then discuss women's increased participation in politics over the past 100 years, with a focus on women’s contributions to American politics at all levels of government, persistent challenges, and the ongoing struggle for equal rights.
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Kathryn Pearson, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, is an Associate Professor, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Associate Department Chair of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, where her research focuses on the US Congress, congressional elections, political parties, and women and politics. The award-winning author of Party Discipline in the House of Representatives (University of Michigan Press, 2015), she is currently working on a new book, Gendered Partisanship in the House of Representatives. Pearson is the recipient of the University’s Morse Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.