HKS Honors the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage in the United States

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Celebrate. Commemorate. Interrogate.


U.S. Suffrage Movement Timeline

Follow the history of the Suffrage Movement in the U.S., from the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848 to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.

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Harnessing the Power of the Disability Rights Community: Our Fight for Equality

Tuesday, November 5, 6p.m. to 7 p.m.
JFK Jr. Forum, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street

The 2019 Gustav Pollak Lecture with international disability rights activist Judith Heumann in conversation with Professor Hannah Riley Bowles. Go to the event description>


Civil Rights Activist and ‘me too.’ Founder Tarana Burke to Receive 2019 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award

JFK Jr. Forum, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street

Tarana Burke, civil rights activist and founder of the global ‘me too.’ movement for survivors of sexual assault, has been chosen as this year’s recipient of Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership Gleitsman Award. The annual award honors Burke for her leadership of the global fight for survivor justice and her decades-long campaign to heal individuals and communities affected by sexual violence. Go to the event description>



Suffrage Movie Series

The Women and Public Policy program celebrates the centennial of women's suffrage in the US by highlighting women’s political participation across the globe. We welcome all of the HKS community to honor the diverse suffrage and political experiences highlighted in these films.

All screenings will be held in the Cason Room (T-102), beginning at 4 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

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Las Sufragistas
The story of Eufrosina Cruz, one of Mexico’s leading feminist and indigenous rights activists, claiming her title as Oaxaca’s first indigenous female politician.


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Reflections Unheard
Through the personal stories of several black female civil rights activists, the film unearths the lesser-known story of black women’s political marginalization and mobilization.


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Enemies of Happiness
The story of Malalai Joya, a young female politician who dared to challenge warlords and opium kings in her fight to bring progress to Afghanistan, as sh runs for parliament in 2005.


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In 1912 London, a young working mother is galvanized into radical political activism supporting the right for women to vote, risking jobs, homes, families and live for a just cause.