Historical Perspectives on Woman Suffrage: Rhode Island and Beyond

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This panel explored the history of woman suffrage in Rhode Island as well as the legacy of women running for office today.

Elizabeth C. Stevens is the editor of Newport History, the scholarly journal of the Newport Historical Society. She recently edited and contributed to The Bridge, a combined issue of Newport History and Rhode Island History about the struggle for woman suffrage in Rhode Island. She is the author of a biography of two Rhode Island activists, Elizabeth Buffum Chace and Lillie Chace Wyman: A Century of Abolitionist, Suffragist, and Workers’ Rights Activism. She discussed her latest research on “Rhode Island Women and the Push to Ratify the 19th Amendment.”

Elisa Miller is Associate Professor of History and Department Chair at Rhode Island College. An expert on Rhode Island suffragists, she is a contributor to the Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States. She spoke about “Black Women and the Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Movement.”

Emily Lynch is a Lecturer in Political Science at URI. Her teaching and research interests include political psychology, public opinion, Congress, and political communication. She has published in the Journal of Communication and Political Behavior. She served as an American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellow for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in 2013-2014 and worked on education policy for the Senator. She spoke about “Women as Candidates and Office Holders in American Politics.”

This event was sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for the Humanities, and the Suffrage Centennial Committee.