Right to vote, women’s suffrage to be addressed by panel Sept. 30

2020 is the 100th anniversary year of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which gave women the right to vote, as well as the founding of the League of Women Voters by Ripon native Carrie Chapman Catt.

In celebration during this presidential election year, a panel discussion via Zoom webinar will be held from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Sept. 30, sponsored by the Center for Politics and the People at Ripon College and the League of Women Voters of the Ripon Area.

“The Right to Vote: Past, President and Future” will address the historical and contemporary importance of the struggle to expand and protect suffrage in the United States. Panelists will be:

  • Genevieve McBride, professor emerita of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and author of On Wisconsin Women: Working for Their Rights from Settlement to Suffrage
  • Deborah Turner, M.D., of Nebraska, the 20th president of the League of Women Voters of the United States
  • Barry Burden, professor of political science, the Lyons Family Chair in Electoral Politics and director of the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The moderator will be Ellen Sorensen ’00, a member of the League of Women Voters of the Ripon Area.

The webinar is free, but registration is requested at ripon.edu/right-to-vote.

(Photo, clockwise from top left: Deborah Turner, Genevieve McBride, Ellen Sorensen and Barry Burden)


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