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Lucy Hargrett Draper Center and Archives for the Study of the Rights of Women in History and Law


The Strategies of Suffrage: Moblilizing a Nation for Women's Rights

January 17 - July 2, 2020

 

In 1848, more than 300 attendees gathered in Seneca Falls, New York to discuss women’s rights. In the decades that followed, suffragists gathered, discussed, spoke, wrote, performed, paraded, and protested to give American women the right to vote. They waged a determined battle for greater agency, one that united women across barriers of race and class while also revealing social tensions and racial prejudices that persisted in society.

The Strategies of Suffrage explores the women’s suffrage movement from 1848 to 1920. It focuses on the visual and verbal appeals activists used to promote their message to the public. This exhibit was made possible with the collections of and generous support from the Lucy Hargrett Draper Center and Archives for the Study of the Rights of Women in History and Law.

All events will be held at the Special Collections Library, Richard B. Russell Building, 300 South Hull Street, on the University of Georgia Campus. Parking is available at the Hull Street parking deck immediately adjacent to the Library.

 

Schedule of Events

Womens's History Month Film Screening Series

(All events are free and open to the public)

Screenings will be held at the Special Collections Libraries Auditorium (room 271, Second Floor)

Monday, March 2, 6:30pm

"Iron Jawed Angels" - Defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote. Starring Hilary Swank, Frances O'Connor, Julia Ormond, and Anjelica Huston.

Monday, March 16, 6:30pm

"Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice" - Though virtually forgotten today, Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a household name in Black America during much of her lifetime (1863-1931) and was considered the equal of her well-known African American contemporaries such as Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice documents the dramatic life and turbulent times of the pioneering African American journalist, activist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period. Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison reads selections from Wells' memoirs and other writings in this winner of more than 20 film festival awards.

Monday, March 23, 6:30pm

"Standing on My Sister's Shoulders" - In 1965, when three women walked into the US House of Representatives in Washington D.C., they had come a very long way. Neither lawyers nor politicians, they were ordinary women from Mississippi, and descendants of African slaves. They had come to their country’s capital seeking civil rights, the first black women to be allowed in the senate chambers in nearly 100 years. A missing chapter in our nation’s record of the Civil Rights movement, this powerful documentary reveals the movement in Mississippi in the 1950’s and 60’s from the point of view of the courageous women who lived it – and emerged as its grassroots leaders.

Monday, March 30, 6:30pm

"Golden Gate Girls" - In Golden Gate Girls, author and professor S. Louisa Wei tells the story of filmmaker Esther Eng, the first woman to direct Chinese-language film in the US, and the most prominent woman director in Hong Kong in the 1930’s. A San Francisco native and open lesbian, her contribution to film history is sadly overlooked – her 11 feature films mostly lost. After the retirement of director Dorothy Arzner in 1943 and before Ida Lupino began directing in 1949, Eng was the only woman directing feature length films in the US.

Tours

Tuesday, February 11, 2:00PM, Hargrett Gallery

Strategies of Suffrage

Join Exhibition Coordinator, Jan Hebbard, for a closer look at the new exhibit "The Strategies of Suffrage: Mobilizing a Nation for Women’s Rights" now on display in the Hargrett Library Gallery of the Special Collections Building. Registration available here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2:00PM, Hargrett Gallery 

Strategies of Suffrage 

Join Exhibition Coordinator, Jan Hebbard, for a closer look at the new exhibit "The Strategies of Suffrage: Mobilizing a Nation for Women’s Rights" now on display in the Hargrett Library Gallery of the Special Collections Building. Registration available here.

2020 Women's History Month Keynote Lecture: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

6:30 p.m., Special Collections Library Auditorium (Second Floor)

Dr. Lisa Tetrault: Women and the Right to Vote: A History Unfinished 

Dr. Tetrault is Associate Professor of History in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. She specializes in the history of women and gender in the United States, focusing on feminism and social movements, American democracy, and the politics of memory. She is active as a public historian and researches and lectures on the U.S. women’s suffrage movement, broadly construed.

Women’s History Month events are co-sponsored by the Institute for Women's Studies and the Lucy Hargrett Draper Center and Archives for the Study of the Rights of Women in History and Law.