Historical Perspectives on Woman Suffrage: Rhode Island and Beyond

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Elizabeth Stevens, Elisa Miller and Emily Lynch
Thursday, March 25, 7 p.m.

This panel will explore the history of woman suffrage in Rhode Island as well as the legacy of women running for office today.

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The Bridge

The Rhode Island Historical Society and Newport Historical Society offer a free copy of “The Bridge”–a joint edition of their journal devoted to the history of woman suffrage in Rhode Island–to the first 100 people who request a copy. Please send your name and mailing address to uri.humanities@gmail.com.

Elizabeth Stevens

Elizabeth C. Stevens is the editor of Newport History, the scholarly journal of the Newport Historical Society. She recently edited and contributed to The Bridge, a combined issue of Newport History and Rhode Island History about the struggle for woman suffrage in Rhode Island. She is the author of a biography of two Rhode Island activists, Elizabeth Buffum Chace and Lillie Chace Wyman: A Century of Abolitionist, Suffragist, and Workers’ Rights Activism. She will discuss her latest research on “Rhode Island Women and the Push to Ratify the 19th Amendment.”  

Elisa Miller

Elisa Miller is Associate Professor of History and Department Chair at Rhode Island College. An expert on Rhode Island suffragists, she is a contributor to the Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States. She will speak about “Black Women and the Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Movement.”

Emily Lynch

Emily Lynch is a Lecturer in Political Science at URI. Her teaching and research interests include political psychology, public opinion, Congress, and political communication. She has published in the Journal of Communication and Political Behavior. She served as an American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellow for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in 2013-2014 and worked on education policy for the Senator. She will speak about “Women as Candidates and Office Holders in American Politics.”  

This event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for the Humanities, and the Suffrage Centennial Committee.