Week Five :: July 25–August 1

The Women’s Vote Centennial and Beyond

As we join the nation in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, we also consider those who were left out of the mainstream suffrage movement, examine the slow progress toward gender equality in the United States, and look to the movement’s relevance to the ongoing battle over voting rights.

  • Despite women having the vote for nearly a century, and a surge in the 2018 election, why are so few women represented in government positions and on the ballot today?
  • How does gender bias continue to be used against candidates, not only by political opponents, but by voters?
  • Why has the Equal Rights Amendment, first proposed in 1923 and passed by Congress in 1972, fallen short of ratification?
10:45 a.m. Lectures

Chautauqua Lecture Series (Morning Lectures)

10:45 a.m., Monday-Friday, Amphitheater

Ideas and opinions are exchanged in an open, challenging atmosphere, and Chautauqua's knowledgeable audiences have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions at the conclusion of the lectures.


  • Monday, July 27, 2020 | 10:45am

    Elaine Weiss

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    Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalist and author whose most recent work, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, is an account of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. 

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020 | 10:45am

    Kimberly Churches

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    Kimberly Churches is the chief executive officer of the American Association of University Women, a leading voice in advancing equity for women and girls through research, advocacy and education.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Thursday, July 30, 2020 | 10:45am

    Carol Jenkins

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    Carol Jenkins is 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.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Friday, July 31, 2020 | 10:45am

    Barbara Mikulski

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    Barbara Mikulski, former U.S. Senator from Maryland, is the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress and a lifelong public servant and champion of women’s rights.

    Location: Amphitheater