What women’s right to vote means in a Trump era
In a recent interview with Rewire, Bonnie Dow, Professor of Communication Studies and Dean of Humanities, discusses suffrage, Women’s Equality Day, and the current political environment in the United States:
Rewire: Can you describe the women’s suffrage movement in the late 1800s?
Bonnie Dow: Most historians would say it started in 1848 because that’s when there was the first women’s rights convention where the demand for the vote was publicly uttered. It happened in Seneca Falls, New York. If we decide that’s where it started, then it was a 72-year movement. The women’s rights movement in the 19th century was a very broad movement. They were trying to solve a lot of issues, including education, denial of employment, a loss of rights when you marry. What emerged as the fundamental issue was the vote. Voting became the most powerful symbol of the women’s right movement because it’s a form of participation in citizenship.