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

  • Women's Suffrage bus in 1919

    Women's Suffrage bus in 1919

  • Japanese women lining up at the ballot to vote for perhaps the first time in Japanese history.

    Japanese women lining up at the ballot to vote for perhaps the first time in Japanese history.

  • Indian suffragettes in the Women's Coronation Procession

    Indian suffragettes in the Women's Coronation Procession

  • Alice Smith, S. J. de Crasse, and G. H. Halleran sell copies of The Suffragist in Boston, Massachusetts

    Alice Smith, S. J. de Crasse, and G. H. Halleran sell copies of The Suffragist in Boston, Massachusetts

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the first Black sorority to march in the women’s suffrage movement in the March 1913

    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the first Black sorority to march in the women’s suffrage movement in the March 1913

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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.

Events

 

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


Wednesday, February 26, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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. 
 

International Women's Day Events


Please join the Women and Public Policy Program for International Women’s Day events. All programming is free and open to the public. This year’s theme is #EachforEqual. WAPPP is hosting three events in connection to International Women’s Day, each relating to the themes suffrage and political participation unencumbered by bias.

Beijing +25 Years: Redefining Leadership in the Age of the SDGs: Accelerating and Scaling Up Delivery Through Innovation and Inclusion.”


Wednesday, Feb. 19, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Malkin Penthouse
join WAPPP Leaders In Practice  Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the current United Nations under-secretary-general and executive director of UN Women, and Rangita de Silva de Alwis, associate dean for international programs at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, for a lunch discussion of their article, “Redefining Leadership in the Age of the SDGs: Accelerating and Scaling Up Delivery Through Innovation and Inclusion.” The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promote prosperity while protecting the environment, and their research examines how the SDGs can be accelerated by ambitious leaders in the field of innovation. The discussion will be moderated by Janina Matuszeski, lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Lunch will be provided.

International Women’ Day Community Breakfast


Monday, March 9, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. 
Malkin Penthouse
WAPPP is hosting our annual International Women’s Day breakfast. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Adopted in 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, the Beijing Platform for Action is recognized as the most progressive roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls, everywhere. Additionally, it is the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States. This breakfast is a wonderful opportunity for students, staff and faculty to come together to be in community and reflect on the gains made in gender equity, and the needs yet to be met. The breakfast will be a casual event; come when you can, leave when you need to.

This event is co-sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School Office of the Dean

 

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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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.

 

movie cover Thursday, March 5, 2020
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.

 

movie cover Thursday, April 2, 2020
Suffragette
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.

 

The Schlesinger Library's Long 19th Amendment Project


The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Long 19th Amendment Project will investigate the past, present, and future of women’s voting and the broader reconstruction of American citizenship in the post–Civil War era. With a grant of $870,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project will support fellowships and public programming centered on the 2020 centennial of the 19th Amendment at the Schlesinger Library and the broader Radcliffe Institute. Learn more >

Exhibit: Seeing Citizens: Picturing American Women’s Fight for the Vote
 

suffrage marchersOpens March 23, 2020 and runs through Oct. 3, 2020

Lia and William Poorvu Gallery of the Schlesinger Library, Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

In response to decades of sexist pictures, suffragists constructed a visual vocabulary that challenged ideas of women’s place in society, expanded notions of citizenship, and laid the foundation for modern media politics. This exhibition presents the images that leading activists wanted the public to see—and some that they wanted to hide. Read more >

 

Suffrage100MA


Suffrage100MA is dedicated to commemorating the upcoming 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Massachusetts-based organization presents events and activities that highlight the history of the women’s suffrage movement and women’s rights.

Harvard Votes Challenge!

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Have you registered to vote? Want to help others in the Harvard community get involved? The Harvard Votes Challenge is a nonpartisan initiative that strives to build a civic culture at Harvard University by increasing voter registration and participation among students, staff, and faculty. Find new resources and learn more about the Harvard Votes Challenge.

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