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Women and the Vote: Opposition to Women's Equality, from Suffrage to the ERA

  • National Archives William G. McGowan Theater 700 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20408 United States (map)

In partnership with the National Archives, the Equal Rights Coalition, and the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative, the National Woman’s Party presents a panel discussion on the powerful forces that have come together to work against the equal protection of women under the law since the 1900s. From the liquor lobby, which campaigned against women’s suffrage in the 1910s to prevent “dry ladies” from having access to the vote, to the conservative women’s rights movement of the 1970s that organized to prevent the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), this panel explores the ways in which the feminist movement in the United States has been shaped and changed by the systems, institutions, and individuals working against women’s equality.

Panelists include Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman’s Hour (slated to become a TV series produced by Hillary Clinton and Steven Spielberg), Marjorie J. Spruill, author of Divided We Stand, and Carol Robles-Roman, CEO and Co-President of the ERA Coalition.

The "Women and the Vote" series honors women’s suffrage history leading up to the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 2020.

Book signings will follow the program. This event is free and open to all. Registration is encouraged but not required.

Earlier Event: November 27
A Night of Suffrage Theater
Later Event: December 11
Women's Equality Happy Hour