Friday, September 25, 2020
Boston University School of Law
Please note this Conference will be presented virtually. More information to come.
This one-day conference will feature presentations and discussions by legal and political science scholars, political practitioners, and others reflecting on lessons from the centenary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution for understanding the past, present, and future of gender, empowerment, representation and citizenship rights. Taking seriously the importance of intersectional understandings of gender, and gender politics, the conference pays particular attention to the linked politics of gender, race, and class.
The conference is sponsored by the Boston University School of Law, the Department of Political Science, and the Research in American Politics Workshop. This conference is also part of Boston University’s observation of Constitution Day. Conference organizers and contacts are: Linda C. McClain (BU Law), firstname.lastname@example.org and Virginia Sapiro (Political Science), email@example.com.
Program and Schedule
(as of September 10, 2020)
Welcome: 9:15 a.m.: Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Dean and Professor of Law, Boston University
Panel 1: The 19th Amendment in Historical Context (9:30 – 10:45 a.m.)
The conference opens with investigations of and reflections on understanding the history of the struggle for the vote and other political and legal rights for women. The panel carefully examines the linked politics of gender, race, and class in the woman suffrage movement. We ask: what is the contemporary significance of understanding the history of gender-based politics and political struggles?
- Lolita Buckner-Inniss, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University, “While the Water is Stirring’: Suffrage and the Past, Present and Future of (Black) Women’s Rights”
- Kristin Collins, Professor of Law, Boston University, “Citizenship by Committee: Women’s Nationality Rights in the Post-Suffrage Era“
- Corrine McConnaughy, Research Scholar and Lecturer, Princeton University, “Hidden Politics: Women’s Organizing and the Shape of American Democracy“
- Virginia Sapiro, Professor of Political Science and Dean Emerita of Arts & Sciences, Boston University, “The Power and Fragility of Social Movement Coalitions: Suffrage 1860-1880”
Moderated by Jasmine Gonzales Rose, Professor of Law, Boston University
Panel 2: Teaching the History of Women’s Suffrage (11:00 – 11:45 a.m.)
- Jill Hasday, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Centennial Professor in Law, University of Minnesota, “We the Men: How Erasing and Denying Women’s Struggles for Equality Perpetuates Inequality”
- Rachel B. Tiven, Being the Daily Suffragist
Moderated by Virginia Sapiro, Professor of Political Science and Dean Emerita of Arts & Sciences, Boston University
Lunch (with small group discussions): 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Panel 3: Women in the Electoral Arena a Century Later: Perspectives of Political Practitioners (12:15 – 1:30 p.m.)
One of the forces supporting an increase of women candidates and elected leaders is the increase of organizations dedicated to encouraging and training women to run for office and supporting them in their efforts. This session is a roundtable discussion among women dedicating their careers to this effort. These experts, facilitated by a scholar with expertise on women, elections, and campaigns, will discuss and debate the opportunities and challenges facing women in the electoral arena. The experts, political and campaign professionals, will be chosen to represent the two major parties as well as specialists in encouraging political leadership by women of different racial/ethnic and social groups.
- Kelly Dittmar, Facilitator/Moderator, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University – Camden and Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
- Nina Liang, Executive Director, Emerge Massachusetts; Quincy City Council President
- Eva M. Pusateri, President, Expert Communications & Training, Inc.
- Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer, Framingham, Massachusetts
Panel 4: Women’s Rights, Political Power and Presence a Century Later: A Sampler of Scholarship (1:45 – 3:15 p.m.)
This panel offers a selection of ongoing research by legal scholars and political scientists on current issues of legal and political rights and empowerment of women.
- Nadia E. Brown, Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies, Purdue University, “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair: Black women political elites and partisan politics“
- Danielle C. Lemi, Tower Center Fellow, John G. Tower Center for Political Studies, Southern Methodist University, “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair: Black women political elites and partisan politics“
- Paula Monopoli, Sol & Carlyn Hubert Professor of Law and Founding Director, Women Leadership & Equality Program, University of Maryland, “Women, Democracy and the Nineteenth Amendment“
- Katharine B. Silbaugh, Professor of Law, Boston University, “More than the Vote: 16-Year-Old Voting and the Risks of Legal Adulthood”
- Franita Tolson, Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Professor of Law, University of Southern California, “Defining the Political Community of the Nineteenth Amendment“
Moderated by Linda McClain, Robert Kent Professor of Law, Boston University
Panel 5: The Next Century? Implications of the Past and Present for the Future (3:30 – 4:30 p.m.)
This concluding panel will offer brief reflections and observations based on the prior panels and fresh reflections on future challenges concerning women and political leadership, followed by general discussion. It will include some speakers from earlier in the day.
- Nadia E. Brown, Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies, Purdue University
- Lolita Buckner Inniss, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University
- Kelly Dittmar, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University – Camden and Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University- New Brunswick, Facilitator
- Linda C. McClain (discussion facilitator), Robert Kent Professor of Law, Boston University
- Paula Monopoli, Sol & Carlyn Hubert Professor of Law and Founding Director, Women Leadership & Equality Program, University of Maryland,
- Virginia Sapiro, Professor of Political Science and Dean Emerita of Arts & Sciences, Boston University