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June 4, 2019 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Purdy/Kresge Library Kresge Audiotorium
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Prospective Students

Almost to the very day, one hundred years ago, Michigan became one of the first three states to ratify the Constitutional amendment giving US women the right to vote (Wisconsin and Illinois were the other two) on June 10, 1919.

The centennial of enfranchisement of women is an opportune time to assess the aims, strategies, and success of the women’s suffrage movement. What were suffrage activists really trying to achieve—and for whom were they trying to achieve it? What strategies and tactics did women suffragists develop over 75 years of fighting for the right to vote? And, looking back, to what extent should women suffragists be considered feminist in the best sense of the word? Were they radical feminists?  

Dr. Linda Steiner is a Professor in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She has written many journal articles and book chapters about the importance of women’s suffrage periodicals to the emergence, maintenance and ultimate success of the movement.  Her co-edited Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women's Suffrage will appear in 2020, i.e., 100 years after the Nineteenth Amendment became law.


For more information about this event, please contact Stine Eckert at 313 577 2943 or