Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted all American women the right to vote. Achieving this milestone involved a lengthy and difficult struggle; victory took decades of activism and protest throughout the nation – including Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Even with its passage, Black women and other minorities especially faced significant hurdles to voting – from poll taxes and literacy tests to unchecked intimidation and lynching threats.
Today, 100 years later, while women of all backgrounds still encounter voting discrimination, women vote at higher rates than men. How has women’s role, participation and influence in politics and government shaped the political campaign landscape? How is the voting landscape still a different challenge for Black women and other underrepresented minorities? Are campaign managers focusing on strategies that garner all women’s votes? Are these strategies successful?
Join our panel as they discuss the history, evolution, and impact of women voting in America.
Rebecca Macies, BS ’14 , Process Associate, Burford Capital and Acting Chair, Cornell Women’s Advocacy Network
Jacquie Duval, JD ’92, Of Counsel, Herrick, Feinstein LLP, PCCW Member and Incoming President, Cornell Law School Mary Kennedy Brown Society
Elaine Engst MA ’72, Former Cornell University Archivist (1996-2015)
Ashley Wilson MPA ’07, Director, State and Local Political Campaigns at NGP VAN
Jason Beekman, AB ’08, JD ’11, Sr. Director, Business & Legal Affairs, RadicalMedia, Former Finance Director for Congresswoman Sharice Davids, JD ’10