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The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight for the Vote

The woman's suffrage movement is one of the defining civil rights struggles in our nation's history, yet it is often viewed in isolation. By focusing on the last intense battle to ratify the 19th Amendment in Tennessee in the summer of 1920, Elaine Weiss places the fight for women's full citizenship into specific social and political context – explaining the role that states rights, corporate money, a presidential election, religious and social conservatism--and racism – play in the drama to enfranchise half of the citizens of the nation. These are issues we still grapple with today.

Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer. Her magazine feature writing has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, and her by-line has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, New York Times, Time, and Christian Science Monitor, as well as reports and documentaries for National Public Radio. Her first book, Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army in the Great War (University of Nebraska Press) was excerpted in Smithsonian Magazine online and featured on C-Span and public radio stations nationwide.

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Philippa Strum (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the George Washington University History Department for their support.