Celebrate 100 years of women gaining full citizenship and voting rights in the United States.
Through a series of lectures, facilitated discussions, documentary screenings, projects, and performances, participants in The Vote programs will gain a greater understanding of the United States’ past and a renewed sense of civic engagement today. Join us for a lively conversation!
In The Vote: Exploring Voting Rights in America, women’s enfranchisement is the foundation on which to examine the struggle for the political voice of other Americans.
We will discuss the history and status of suffrage in African American, indigenous, and recent immigrant communities as well as U.S. territories. We will learn about and reflect on the gendered and racial dimensions of representation, asking how political influence is gained and exercised.
Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s words “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair” will be our guide. The Vote addresses current events while beautifully commemorating a milestone in history, the certification of the 19th amendment in 1920.
The Vote! is generously sponsored by Mass Humanities which is a statewide initiative to spark conversations around voting rights.
The Vote Programs
- Wednesday, July 29, Virtual Author Visit with Tina Cassidy.Tina Cassidy lectures on her new book, Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote; laying the groundwork for a solid understanding of the history of the 19th Amendment. Save the date! Ms. Cassidy returns August 5th to facilitate a discussion of Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote.
Wednesday, August 5, Book Discussion with Tina Cassidy: Author Tina Cassidy facilitates a discussion of her new book: Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote.
Wednesday, August 12, Virtual Writing for Representation Workshop: Poet & Professor Nancy Genevieve Kohl will lead a writing workshop with the Representative Shirley Chisholm quote as a prompt “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” Inviting attendees to reflect on, write about, and discuss political voice. Writer’s choice: poetry, memoir, prose…
Monday, August 24, Belva Lockwood for President: a Living History Performance with Anne Barrett: Step Back to Election 1884 with historian and performer Anne Barrett. It’s 1884 and Belva Lockwood is on the campaign trail! She’ll recollect her humble beginnings, and describe her fight to become the first woman admitted to the Supreme Court Bar.
Wednesday, August 26, Virtual author visit with Jen Deaderick: Join us as author Jen Deaderick provides a show and tell of her book She the People: A Graphic History of Uprisings, Breakdowns, Setbacks, Revolts, and Enduring Hope on the Unfinished Road to Women’s Equality.
Tuesday, September 15, Radicals, Reformers, and Revolutionaries: Social Movements in the USA: Tina Cassidy discusses social movements, from the Progressive Era of the early 1900s, which spawned the suffrage and labor movements, the Civil Rights, anti-war and environmental movements of the ’60s to today’s Black Lives Matter struggle.
Thursday, September 17, Born in the USA? Voting Rights, Constitutional Protections, and Citizenship in U.S. Territories: The United States has a total of fourteen territories, yet the Constitution is only partially applied, inhabitants serve in the military yet cannot vote in general elections or have full representation in Congress. Professor Julian Go, a leading expert on American Colonialism, discusses the fascinating history and current state of American Empire.
Tuesday, September 22, National Voter Registration Day: Register to Vote! National Voter Registration Day is a national holiday celebrating our democracy and a day of civic unity. Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote.
Wednesday, September 30, Women and Voting Rights in Massachusetts: In October 1915, the Massachusetts Women Suffrage Association organized a suffrage parade through the Public Garden and Boston Common with 15,000 marchers! Paula Austin, Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at Boston University discusses this organization and the march came to be, what marchers were demanding, and the backlash they faced.
Wednesday, October 14, African Americans, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Action: The National Association of Colored Women was an early leader in the voting rights movement. While celebrating the passage of 19th Amendment, many Black women continued to fight for electoral power well into the 20th century. Join the discussion with Historian Paula Austin.
Tuesday, October 27, Screening of ‘Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed: Shirley Chisholm was an American politician who became the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress, representing New York’s 12th congressional district for seven terms. In 1972, Chisholm ran for President of the United States and was the first African American woman to do so. Join us for a screening of Shola Lynch’s Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed.