Watch interview with feminist historian Susan Ware on women’s suffrage movement
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of 19th amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave women the right to vote in the United States.
Salve Regina’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy partnered with the League of Women Voters, Newport County for a centennial celebration to celebrate this momentous occasion. They hosted Dr. Susan Ware, leading feminist historian and author, to discuss her recent book, “Why They Marched: The Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote” at an event at Salve Regina on March 3, 2020.
During her visit, Ware also appeared on “Story in the Public Square,” a nationally broadcast television show hosted by Pell Center Executive Director, Jim Ludes, and G. Wayne Miller, senior staff writer at “The Providence Journal.”
A pioneer in the field of women’s history and a leading feminist biographer, Ware is the author and editor of numerous books on twentieth-century U.S. history and serves as the Honorary Women’s Suffrage Centennial Historian at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
She describes writing “Why They Marched,” saying the history we know fails to reflect the diversity of the movement that won women the right to vote 100 years ago.
Watch interview with feminist historian Susan Ware
Beginning the book in 2015, Ware said today’s political atmosphere made the topic of women’s politicization and voting rights even more important and timely. “[It’s] resonating in unexpected ways with audiences today just because of where we are in 2020 heading into a major election,” she said.
Story in the Public Square broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution can be found here. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
An audio version of the program airs 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124.
“Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and “The Providence Journal.” The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.
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