Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Since Suffrage

A Symposium on American Women’s Politics since 1920


Sponsored by the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts Department of History, Department of Political Science, Women’s Studies Program, and Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities; and the Inclusion & Diversity Division of the Auburn Alumni Association.

The symposium will be streamed via the Draughon Center’s Facebook page. All times listed are central time.




9:30 AM to 11 AM

SESSION ONE: In the Wake of Suffrage: Women’s Politics in the 1920s

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  • “Suffrage and Birth Control: An Uneasy Relationship”

Lauren MacIvor Thompson, Lecturer in History, Georgia State University

  • “The Electoral Impact of Newly Enfranchised Groups”

Mona Morgan-Collins, Assistant Professor of Quantitative Comparative Politics, Durham U. (UK)

  • “Agendas After Suffrage:  Women’s Associations Responses to the Vote, 1915-1925”

Alixandra Yanus, Associate Professor of Political Science, High Point University & Adam Chamberlain, Associate Professor of Politics, Coastal Carolina University

  • Moderated by Melissa Blair, Auburn University


12:30 PM to 2 PM

SESSION TWO: Women’s Politics in the Long Midcentury, 1930s-1980s

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  • “Political Action through Prohibition Repeal and Beyond”

Rebecca Johnson, Instructor of History, Troy University

  • “The Women’s Division, Presidential Campaigns, and Race, 1930s-1950s”

Melissa Blair, Associate Professor of History, Auburn University

  • “From Democrat to Neocon: The Politics of Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, 1960s-1980s”

Bianca Rowlett, Assistant Professor of History, University of South Carolina Sumter


2:15 PM to 3:45 PM

SESSION THREE: Women’s Politics Today

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  • “The Silenced Text: Field Experiments on Gendered Experiences of Political Participation”

Rachel Berhnard, Assistant Professor Political Science, UC-Davis

  • “The Price of Liberty is Maternal Vigilance:  Understanding Women’s Political Engagement after the 2016 Presidential Election”

Jane Scimeca, Professor of History, Brookdale Community College

  • “Pave it Blue: Georgia Women’s Activism in the Age of Trump”

Ellen Rafshoon, Associate Professor of History, Georgia Gwinnett College

  • Moderated by Bianca Rowlett, University of South Carolina Sumter


4 PM

KEYNOTE: The Paradox of Gender Equality

Kristin A. Goss, Kevin J. Gorter Professor of Public Policy & Political Science, Duke University

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Edited by Stacie Taranto and Leandra Zarnow

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Suffrage at 100 looks at women's engagement in US electoral politics and government over the one hundred years since the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.

Contributors: Melissa Estes Blair, Eileen Boris, Marisela R. Chávez, Claire Delahaye, Nicole Eaton, Liette Gidlow, Holly Miowak Guise (Iñupiaq), Emily Suzanne Johnson, Dean J. Kotlowski, Monica L. Mercado, Johanna Neuman, Kathleen Banks Nutter, Katherine Parkin, Ellen G. Rafshoon, Bianca Rowlett, Sarah B. Rowley, Ana Stevenson, Barbara Winslow, Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Nancy Beck Young.







The Paradox of Gender Equality: How American Women's Groups Gained and Lost Their Public Voice

Kristin A. Goss

Kristin A. Goss examines how women’s civic place has changed over the span of more than 120 years, how public policy has driven these changes, and why these changes matter for women and American democracy. As measured by women’s groups’ appearances before the U.S. Congress, women’s collective political engagement continued to grow between 1920 and 1960—when many conventional accounts claim it declined—and declined after 1980, when it might have been expected to grow.




Last Updated: October 27, 2020