February 11, 2021



Lori Ginzberg is Professor of History and Women, Gender and Sexual Studies at Penn State University. Professor Ginzberg is the author of numerous books and articles on the history of the Suffrage movement, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life.

Show Notes:

Below are the topics covered in this conversation (with time stamps). 

National Parks Service Suffrage Centennial WEBSITE [2:50]

Context from which demand for women’s rights emerged [5:15]

Founding myths of the Suffrage Movement [8:00]

Confronting brutal facts of commemoration as a feminist killjoy [10:30]

Caty Stanton’s disastrous, degrading racism [16:00]

Stanton’s hostility to the clergy manifest in the Women’s Bible [22:15]

The real question: what is the commemoration, really? [28:10]

What would Caty Stanton think of Universal Health Care? [29:24]

Suffrage today: contemporary efforts to suppress the vote [34:47]

First steps down the path of advocating women’s rights? [40:40]


Further Reading:

Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All by Martha Jones

Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement by Cathleen D. Cahill

Unceasing Militant: The Life of Mary Church Terrell by Alison Parker

It’s All About Love by Bell Hooks

The Myth of Seneca Falls by Lisa Tetrault