The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, in collaboration with the Women and Gender Studies department at Hunter College, invite you to a two-day conference marking the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States.

2020: Gender, Race, Suffrage and Citizenship

The conference’s aim is two-fold. First, it will celebrate the movement that led to women receiving the right to vote in the United States and the gains brought about by the ratification of the 19th amendment. Second, it will interrogate and analyze the tensions between gender and racial equality that have underpinned the suffrage movement from its inception and linger today in our political landscape. The conference then will not just be a celebration of the suffrage movement, but will offer an important forum to analyze these tensions and to reflect on current local and global politics.

Co-Presented By: 

Friday, March 6, 2020

Welcome Address by:
Jennifer J. Raab, President, Hunter College

Keynote Address by:
Dr. Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois at Chicago

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Conference Sessions

Celebrating and Complicating History

Panel 1 will engage the history of suffrage in the US. It will celebrate the gains at the same time as it will explore the complexities of the movement that led to the passage of the 19th amendment. Throughout, it will point out the precariousness of voting rights in democratic states such at the United States.

Keynote: Beverley Guy-Sheftall, Spelman College
Moderator: Carol Jenkins, The ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality
Panelists: Mia Bay, University of Pennsylvania; D’Weston L. Haywood, Hunter College, CUNY; Alison M. Parker, University of Delaware

Incarceration, Voter Suppression, and State Violence

Panel 2 will connect our past to present practices that lead to the disenfranchisement of whole sections of the population such as voter suppression and mass incarceration.

Keynote: Ruth Wilson Gilmore, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Moderator: Anthony Browne, Hunter College, CUNY
Panelists: Rachel Herzing, Center for Political Education; Erica Meiners, Northeastern Illinois University; Susan Rosenberg, Hunter College, CUNY

Suffrage, Citizenship, and Democratic Engagements

Panel 3, will take a look at the future and examine organizations and movements whose aim is not only to defend our right to vote but also to help us imagine new ways to develop and nurture bold democratic engagements.

Introductory Conversation: Rep. Carolyn Maloney, U.S. Representative (NY 12th District)
Moderator: Kimberly Peeler-Allen, Center for American Women and Politics
Panelists: Kira Sanbonmatsu, Center for American Women and Politics; Adrianne Shropshire, BlackPAC


Anthony Browne  Professor and Chair of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, Hunter College

Anthony Browne is Chair of the Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies. He has taught at the university level since 1997 and joined the Department in 2001. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and Master’s degree from UCLA. Trained as a sociologist, he earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Ruth Wilson Gilmore  Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, The Graduate Center

Ruth Wilson Gilmore serves as a professor of geography in the doctoral program in earth and environmental sciences and as associate director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics. Her wide-ranging research interests include revolution and reform, environments and movements, prisons, urban–rural continuities, and the African diaspora. From 2010 to 2011, she was president of the American Studies Association (ASA), the nation’s oldest and largest association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history.

D’Weston Haywood  Associate Professor of History, Hunter College, CUNY

D’Weston Haywood is an historian of twentieth century American History with research and teaching interests in Black protest and protest thought, Black masculinity, Black Power, and intersections of Black culture, Black politics, and Black public spheres.

Rachel Herzing  Co-director of Center for Political Education

Rachel Herzing is the co-director of Center for Political Education, a resource for political organizations on the left, progressive social movements, the working class and people of color.  Rachel has been an organizer, activist, and advocate fighting the violence of policing and imprisonment for over 20 years. She is a co-founder of Critical Resistance, a national grassroots organization dedicated to abolishing the prison industrial complex. She was the director of research and training at Creative Interventions a community resource developing interventions to interpersonal harm that do not rely on policing, imprisonment, or traditional social services.

Carol Jenkins  Co-President and CEO of The ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality

Carol Jenkins is the Co-President and CEO of The ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality, sister organizations dedicated to the passage and enactment of the Equal Rights Amendment. She is also a writer, media analyst, commentator, and speaker on media issues, as well as an Emmy-award winning journalist and documentary producer. She served as the founding president of the Women’s Media Center, before focussing on the health of women and girls in the U.S. and in developing countries, while serving on the board of The African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) the largest health organization on the African continent.

Carolyn B. Maloney  U.S. Representative ((NY 12th District)

First elected to Congress in 1992, Carolyn B. Maloney is a recognized national leader with extensive accomplishments on financial services, national security, the economy, and women’s issues. She is currently Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, the first woman to hold this position.

Maloney is currently a member of Women’s Forum Inc., the Council on Foreign Relations, Women’s City Club, Alice Paul Institute, Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy, Financial Women’s Association, National Organization for Women, National Association of Business and Professional Women, New York Landmarks Conservancy, and CIVITAS.

Erica R. Meiners  Professor of Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies, Northeastern Illinois University

Erica R. Meiners teaches, writes and organizes in Chicago. She has written about her ongoing labor and learning in anti-militarization campaigns, educational justice struggles, prison abolition and reform movements, and queer and immigrant rights organizing, in Flaunt It! Queers organizing for public education and justice (2009 (with Therese Quinn), Right to be hostile: schools, prisons and the making of public enemies (2007) and articles in Radical Teacher, Meridians, AREA Chicago and Social Justice. Her work in the areas of prison/school nexus; gender, access and technology; community-based research methodologies; and urban education, has been supported by the US Department of Education, the Illinois Humanities Council and the Princeton Woodrow Wilson Public Scholarship Foundation, among others.

​Alison M. Parker  Chair and Professor of History at the University of Delaware

Alison M. Parker is Chair and Professor of History at the University of Delaware. She has research and teaching interests at the intersections of gender, race, disability, citizenship and the law in U.S. history. She majored in art history and history at the University of California, Berkeley and earned a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University.

Kimberly Peeler-Allen  Visiting Practitioner, Center for American Women and Politics & Co-founder, Higher Heights

Kimberly Peeler-Allen has been working at the intersection of race, gender and politics for almost 20 years. Kimberly is the Co-founder of Higher Heights, a national organization building the political power and leadership of Black women from the voting booth to elected office.

Barbara Ransby  Distinguished Professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Barbara Ransby is an historian, writer and longtime activist. She is a Distinguished Professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she directs the campus-wide Social Justice Initiative.

Susan Rosenberg  Instructor, Hunter College, CUNY

Susan Rosenberg is a human rights and prisoners rights advocate, adjunct professor, communications consultant, award-winning writer, public speaker and a formerly incarcerated person.  Her recently published memoir, An American Radical, details her 16 years in federal prison as well as her conclusions about her prison experience and he past. She was released from prison in 2001 through executive clemency by then President Bill Clinton. Upon her release she worked at American Jewish World Service for 12 years beginning as a writer then becoming the director of communications. Post-AJWS Susan has worked extensively in the nonprofit communications field with a focus on human rights and international development.. She is the founder of Sync It Communications, a communications-consulting group. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter College and a member of the prison writing committee of PEN America. Susan lives in New York City with her partner.

Kira Sanbonmatsu  Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and Senior Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics

Kira Sanbonmatsu is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and Senior Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Her research interests include gender, race/ethnicity, parties, public opinion, and state politics.

Beverly Guy-Sheftall  Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies and Director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center, Spelman College

Beverly Guy-Sheftall is founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center (since 1981) and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College.  She is also an adjunct professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies where she teaches graduate courses in their doctoral program. She is currently President of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA).

Adrianne Shropshire  Executive Director. BlackPAC

Adrianne Shropshire is executive director of BlackPAC and the affiliated nonpartisan Black Progressive Action Coalition. She is a leader in developing model integrated voter engagement programs that build voter power over multiple election cycles.

Adrianne, along with Black progressive leaders from across the country, founded BlackPAC in 2016 to develop a sustainable infrastructure for Black political engagement. As executive director, she oversees BlackPAC’s research and political strategy, coordinating with grassroots community organizations in states across the country on electoral and issue-based campaigns in Black communities and with allied communities. Since BlackPAC’s start, she has raised millions of dollars and designed programs to engage hundreds of thousands of voters—leading to some of the most significant progressive victories of the post-2016 era.

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