Utah History Conference 2020 Keynote - When Women Won the Right to Vote: History, Myth, and Memory
Sep 25, 2020, 11:30 am
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Lisa Tetrault, Carnegie Mellon University, Keynote Speaker
Contrary to popular assumption, the right to vote does not exist in the U.S. Constitution or in U.S. law. When women won passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, then, they did not win the right to vote, despite repeated claims that they did. Just what did the woman suffrage amendment do, then? Clarifying this history, this talk also positions 1920 as the middle of a much larger story about the pursuit of voting rights, a struggle that is today unfinished and ongoing.
This program is part of the 2020 Utah History Conference, supported by Utah Humanities.