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Feb 5, 2021

Black women voters were a force in the 2020 election and are going forward and their rights are under attack in states anew today as a result of their power. Where did their activism start?

In commemoration of Black History Month, Listen to this remarkable interview with Marcia Chatelain - Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University - tell great stories about the black women suffragists who fearlessly  helped women finally get their vote ratified, with the 19th Amendment 100 years ago. The Amendment did not explicitly grant black women their own voting rights. 

Dr. Chatelain also has a fascinating take on the impact of Senator Kamala Harris as Vice President. (This was recorded prior to the 2020 election.)

You'll hear: 

  • How black women managed the racial tensions within the suffrage movement.
  • Stories of remarkable black women suffragists who played a critical role in successful passage of the Amendment.
  • Strategies the black women suffragists employed to make sure their voices were heard.
  • Her surprising take on the impact of Kamala Harris as the Democratic VP Nominee.
  • Plus, insightful career advice!

Also read Joan’s Forbes blog on Marica’s insights here, and for more on the suffrage movement, including Joan’s sold-out even at the Newseum go here.

You’ll also want to listen to:

  • Newseum event on Suffrage Movement,
  • Lori Harrison-Kahan on the role of women journalists in the suffrage cause and how the #MeToo movement began in suffrage
  • Brooke Kroeger, Author of “The Suffragents” on the male supporters of women’s vote (Is Joe Biden a “Suffragent” for choosing Senator Kamala Harris as his VP)
  • Jennifer Palmieri, Former Communications Director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and President Obama, and author of “Dear Madam President.”

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