Prof. Nancy C. Unger
11 a.m., July 12, 2020
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This online Forum will be on the topic of:
“Winning Women’s Suffrage: Celebrating Victories, Learning from Mistakes – An Illustrated Talk Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the United States“
It will be presented by Prof. Nancy C. Unger, Professor of History at Santa Clara University.
Women have been able to vote in this country for a hundred years, yet the WAY they gained that right continues to impact our society today. Most suffrage supporters argued that women needed the vote because their “natural” roles as altruistic homemakers qualified them to be “public housekeepers.” Unlike men, caught up in the drive for profit in order to provide for their families, women’s selfless vote was needed to end problems like political corruption, child labor, impure food and drugs, and vice. Other women scorned such romantic notions, and claimed the vote as human beings, equal in rights to men.
This talk will be illustrated by images used to promote both arguments, and will highlight the surprising roles that racism and war played in how and when women got the vote—and what came after.
Nancy C. Unger is Professor of History at Santa Clara University, specializing in women’s history, LGBTQ history, and the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. This will mark her 12th presentation to the Humanist Community! Her works include the award-winning biographies Belle La Follette; Progressive Era Reformer, and Fighting Bob La Follette: The Righteous Reformer as well as Beyond Nature’s Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History and A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Her op-eds applying the lessons of the past to the present are published in venues including The Washington Post, CNN, and TIME. She has appeared on National Public Radio and been featured on PBS’s American Masters, and four hour-long programs on C-SPAN.
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