Southeastern to host panel discussion on Women's Suffrage


Tuesday, October 22, 2019
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – As part of a year-long commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in America, Southeastern Louisiana University’s Centennial Women’s Suffrage Project is partnering with the National Women’s History Museum to produce an interdisciplinary panel discussion titled “Determined to Rise: The Civil War and Beyond, Women’s Suffrage and the Women’s Movement.” The discussion is scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Student Union Theatre and is free and open to the public.
     Co-sponsored by Southeastern’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Education, Department of History & Political Science, Multicultural and International Student Affairs and Sims Memorial Library, the panel discussion will be moderated by Assistant Professor of History and Political Science Samantha Cavell. The discussion will look at how the Civil War era affected the Women’s Movement and early calls for voting rights in the South.
     Experts from Boston and Washington, D.C. will join local scholars to discuss topics related to the development of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, said Cavell.
     “Dr. Liz Eberlein of the National Women’s History Museum and Professor Alecia Long of Louisiana State University bring the historical perspective, while Dr. Benjamin Railton, professor of English at Fitchburg State University, and Dr. Elizabeth Hornsby of the Southeastern Communication and Media Studies Department add cultural context to the long and contentious story of our path to the 19th Amendment,” said Cavell. “The floor will be open to audience questions and comments.”
     “There is so much in the historical struggle for women’s voting rights that is relevant today,” explained Cavell. “Issues of race, gender, disenfranchisement, and marginalization of populations are still central to the discussion of citizenship and representation. We hope that students and everyone will come out not only to hear the discussion, but to be a part of it.”
     For more information, contact Cavell at

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