Marking the centenary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence will explore the history and complexity of the national suffrage movement.
Join Dr. Lisa Tetrault and Dr. Allison Lange for a conversation that brings to light underrecognized individuals and groups and examines how suffragists used portraiture to promote gender equality and challenge the popular cartoons that mocked them. The authors will also consider how photographic portraits proved to be a crucial element of women’s activism.
Tickets are $15 per person. Please register in advance.
About Dr. Lisa Tetrault
Dr. Lisa Tetrault is an associate professor in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. She specializes in the history of U.S. women and gender. A historian of the 19th century, she focuses on social movements (particularly feminism), American democracy, and the politics of memory.
Her first book, “The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898” (University of North Carolina Press, 2014) won the Organization of American Historians’ inaugural Mary Jurich Nickliss women’s history book prize. “The Myth” uncovers the politics behind the manufacture of an origins myth for feminism.
Dr. Tetrault also lectures on the U.S. suffrage movement, broadly construed, and is active as a public historian. In 2019, she delivered the National Portrait Gallery’s Votes for Women Exhibit keynote address, “Resistance, Persistence, and Reframing the Nineteenth Amendment,” offering a new approach to this historic amendment.
About Dr. Allison Lange
Dr. Allison Lange is an assistant professor of history at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. In 2014, she received her Ph.D. in American history from Brandeis University. She is a historian of the late 19th century with an interest in culture, politics, and gender. Her work has been supported by institutions including the National Endowment for the Humanities, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Library of Congress, and American Antiquarian Society.
Dr. Lange also works as a public historian and guest curator with the National Women’s History Museum, Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library.
Her book, “Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women’s Suffrage Movement,” will be published by the University of Chicago Press in May 2020. She examines the ways that woman’s rights activists and their opponents used images to define gender and power during the U.S. woman suffrage movement.
For more information, please contact Mariruth Leftwich at email@example.com or 412-454-6390.
This program is part of Women Forging the Way – an initiative focused on highlighting women’s history in 2020 and beyond.