The Vote: A Conversation on Women’s Suffrage

TUE, JUL 7, 2020 (55:28)

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton joins writer, producer and director Michelle Ferrari and other guests for an important and timely conversation inspired by the new American Experience film, “The Vote.”

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, “The Vote” tells the dramatic story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote. This transformative cultural and political movement resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.

For this special conversation, WGBH and American Experience convened panel of extraordinary women to discuss the history of the women’s suffrage movement, what it reveals about the mechanics of American democracy, how it connects to other campaigns for equality, and the insight it offers to the challenges facing women and the nation today. Secreatary Clinton and Michelle Ferrari are joined by Martha S. Jones, historian and author of “Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted Upon Equality for All” and Elaine Weiss, author of “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote”.

The panel addresses a selection of questions submitted by virtual webinar audience members.

Watch the full film of The Vote on PBS.org and the PBS Video App. For more information visit: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/vote/.

+ BIO: Martha S. Jones

Professor Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy.

Professor Jones is the author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All (2020) and Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (2018), winner of the Organization of American Historians Liberty Legacy Award for the best book in civil rights history, the American Historical Association Littleton-Griswold Prize for the best book in American legal history, and the American Society for Legal History John Phillip Reid book award for the best book in Anglo-American legal history. Professor Jones is also author of All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture 1830-1900 (2007) and a coeditor of Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women (University of North Carolina Press (2015), together with many important articles and essay.

+ BIO: Elaine Weiss

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, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as reports and documentaries for National Public Radio and Voice of America. She has been a frequent correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.

Her long-form writing garnered a Pushcart Prize “Editor’s Choice” award, and she is a proud MacDowell Colony Fellow. Her first book, Fruits of Victory:The Woman’s Land Army in the Great War was excerpted in Smithsonian Magazine online and featured on C-Span and public radio stations nationwide.Author, The Women’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote.

+ BIO: Michelle Ferrari

Michelle Ferrari has been creating innovative, critically acclaimed documentary narratives for more than two decades. Her work as a screenwriter and story editor has been seen on PBS, HBO, and at film festivals nationwide, and has garnered honors from the Writers Guild of America, the Western Writers Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The writer of numerous American Experience episodes including The Perfect Crime, Silicon Valley, Roads to Memphis, and Kit Carson, Ferrari is perhaps best known for the highly rated Seabiscuit, which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing. She most recently wrote and directed American Experience’s Rachel Carson. Additional recent credits include the landmark PBS series Half the Sky and the Emmy-winning HBO documentary Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and holds an M.A. in American History from Columbia University.

+ BIO: Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton has served as secretary of state, senator from New York, first lady of the United States, first lady of Arkansas, a practicing lawyer and law professor, activist, and volunteer—but the first thing her friends and family will tell you is that she’s never forgotten where she came from or who she’s been fighting for.

Hillary grew up in a middle-class home in Park Ridge, a suburb of Chicago. Her dad, Hugh, was a World War II Navy veteran and a small-business owner who designed, printed, and sold drapes. Hugh was a rock-ribbed Republican, a pay-as-you-go kind of guy who worked hard and wasted nothing. Hillary helped with the family business whenever she could

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