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Women’s Suffrage Talks—Coming to a Town Near You

Nearly 40 talks about women’s suffrage will be happening across the state in 2020 from Michigan City to Evansville, thanks to funding from Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Hillenbrand, Inc. Nine scholars will travel to the following locations:

Franklin County Public Library BrookvilleKristen Garvey
American Assoc. of University, Goshen Branch GoshenJamie Wagman
Anderson UniversityAndersonJanine Giordano
Bartholomew County Public LibraryColumbusMarsha Miller
Carnegie Public of Steuben CountyAngolaMelissa Gentry
Crown Point Community LibraryCrown PointMelissa Gentry
Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and ScienceEvansvilleMelissa Gentry
Fulton County Public LibraryRochesterLaura Merrifield Wilson
Girl Scouts of Central IndianaIndianapolisTBD
Harrison County Public LibraryCorydonMarsha Miller
Hussey Mayfield Public LibraryZionsvilleAnita Morgan
Indiana Assoc. of SpiritualistsChesterfieldMelissa Gentry
Indianapolis PropylaeumIndianapolisAnita Morgan
Indiana State Museum-New Harmony Historic SiteNew HarmonyEinav Rabinovitch- Fox
Irvington Historical SocietyIndianapolisJackie Swihart
Indiana State Bar Assoc. (Women in Law Div.) IndianapolisLaura Merrifield Wilson
Johnson County Historical SocietyFranklinVivian Deno
Lake County Public LibraryMerrillvilleJamie Wagman
La Porte County Public LibraryLa PorteEinav Rabinovitch- Fox
League of Women Voters, Hamilton CountyTBDTBD
League of Women Voters, IndianapolisIndianapolisVivian Deno
Levi & Catharine Coffin Historic SiteFountain CityJackie Swihart
Lew Wallace Study Preservation SocietyCrawfordsvilleMarsha Miller
Marion Public LibraryMarionJanine Giordano
Marshall Co Historical SocietyPlymouthKristen Garvey
Miami Co. Indiana Worth RememberingPeruMelissa Gentry
Michigan City Public LibraryMichigan CityJanine Giordano
Monroe County History CenterBloomingtonLaura Merrifield Wilson
Monticello Union Twp. Public LibraryMonticelloAnita Morgan
Notre Dame Women’s Legal ForumSouth BendJamie Wagman
Porter County Public LibraryValparaisoLaura Merrifield Wilson
Purdue Northwest Department of History & PhilosophyHammondJoan Marie Johnson
Putnam County Public LibraryGreencastleVivian Deno
Southern Indiana Genealogical SocietyNew AlbanyAnita Morgan
St. Joseph County Public LibrarySouth BendVivian Deno
Sugar Creek Historical SocietyThorntownMarsha Miller
Vincennes UniversityVincennesMarsha Miller
West Lafayette Public LibraryWest LafayetteLaura Merrifield Wilson

Talk topics include:

  • Traveling with Susan B. Anthony by Kristen Garvey
    When, where and why did national figures visit Indiana in their quest to gain suffrage?
  • Intersectionality in the Midwest Suffrage Movement by Jamie Wagman, St. Mary’s College
    How did early Midwestern feminists, from various backgrounds, conceive of freedom?
  • The Other Feminists: Socialists, Laborers and Anti-Lynching Activists by Janine Giordano Drake, Indiana University
    Why did workingwomen strategically align themselves with suffrage organizations?
  • From Amanda to Zerelda: Hoosier Suffragists Who Raised a Ruckus by Marsha Miller, Indiana State University
    What did the women’s suffrage movement look like in Indiana and who were its pioneers?
  • From Seneca Falls to Seymour and South Bend: Mapping Indiana’s Suffrage History Melissa Gentry, Ball State University
    What can we learn by mapping Indiana’s women’s suffrage movement and its leaders?
  • Have We Come a Long Way, Baby? by Laura Merrifield Wilson, University of Indianapolis
    How successful have women been in elected politics post-suffrage? What barriers remain?
  • Motors and Mass Rallies: Expanding the Movement after 1909 by Anita Morgan, IUPUI
    How did the incorporation of new women’s groups and technology contribute to the suffrage movement’s growth after 1909?
  • Fashioning Suffrage: Suffragists’ Political Style and Its Visual Legacies by Einav Rabinovitch- Fox, Case Western Reserve University
    How did suffragists shape political style, and how did their political legacy inspire and affect more recent struggles for equality?
  • The “Undefeatable” Grace Julian Clarke by Jackie Swihart
    What does the trajectory of this Indianapolis suffragist’s political career tell us about the ways women were political before, during and after the 19th Amendment?