POSTPONED: Book Presentation: Ellen Carol DuBois on Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote

Book Presentation: Ellen Carol DuBois on Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote
With Jessica Millward and Meghan Sahli-Wells  
Sunday, March 15, 2020
2 p.m.: Reception
3 p.m.: Discussion

Historian Ellen Carol DuBois explores the links between the women's suffrage movement—starting in the pre-Civil War years with foremothers Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Sojourner Truth—to the abolition of slavery. After the Civil War, Congress granted freed African American men the right to vote but not women, neither white nor African American, a crushing disappointment. In her book Suffrage: Women's Long Battle for the Vote, DuBois shows how suffrage leaders persevered through the Jim Crow years into the reform era of Progressivism. She affirms the legacy of champions Carrie Chapman Catt and Alice Paul, who brought the fight into the 20th century, and shows how African American women, led by Ida B. Wells-Barnett, demanded voting rights even as white suffragists ignored them.

DuBois will be interviewed by Jessica Millward (Associate Professor of History, UC Irvine) and Meghan Sahli-Wells (Mayor of Culver City).

Ellen Carol DuBois is a Distinguished Research Historian at UCLA, where she has served for over thirty years. She is one of the leading historians of woman suffrage, in the US and internationally.


In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Wende Museum will be postponing all public programs through Sunday, April 5. At this time, the museum and the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain remain open to visitors during regular public hours, Friday–Sunday. We will continue to follow the advice of local public health officials to ensure a safe environment at the Armory campus.