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ENRICH-0347 – Hist: Women's Suffrage 100th Anniversary (ENRICH-0347_WOMN)

Women’s Suffrage: How Colorado Women Led the Nation to the Vote

On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment legalized the vote for women. Colorado, however, was way ahead of the curve: Twenty-seven years earlier, on November 7, 1893, Colorado passed a referendum granting women the right to vote. Join a distinguished list of Colorado women as they explore Colorado’s unique role in the women’s suffrage movement.

March 23: Origins of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the 19th Century
Instructors: Rebecca Hunt, UC Denver associate professor of History; Gail Beaton, author of Colorado Women: A History.

As our nation began, women’s rights were restrained by both custom and law. This session looks at the origins of these restraints and examines women’s early efforts to redefine their roles and rights. Consider early female thinkers at movements that contributed to women’s empowerment (including the white and black women’s clubs) and events such as the Seneca Falls women’s rights convention.

March 30: “Let the Women Vote!” Colorado Suffrage and Music of the Movement
Instructors: Marcia Tremmel Goldstein, Colorado women’s historian and author of Denver Women in Their Places: A Guide to Women’s History Sites; Leslie Chomic, member of the Legislative Action Committee for the League of Women Voters and musician; Gail Beaton returns from session one.

Colorado women won the battle for the ballot on November 7, 1893. Learn how women organized a statewide coalition of determined women and men of many colors, creeds and classes. Explore how newly enfranchised Colorado women broke into the male bastion of party and electoral politics for the first time. Lastly, learn about the organizing tools that suffrage activists used, including music and song.

April 6: The Crooked Road to the 19th Amendment
Instructor: Susan Schulten, DU History professor, author of A History of America in 100 Maps.

The 19th Amendment vastly enlarged the electorate and forced a recognition of women as political actors. Yet a true appreciation of this victory involves a closer look at the complexity of the movement, one which championed ideals of political equality but also appealed to class and racial divisions.

April 13: Political Rights After the 19th Amendment
Instructor: Elizabeth Escobedo, associate professor of Latina/o History at DU.

In the continued struggle for political rights following the passage of the 19th Amendment, women of color fought tirelessly to overcome second-class citizenship due to continuing gender and racial inequities. Explore political challenges unique to women of color. Enjoy a panel discussion featuring several of Colorado’s pioneering women of color, including Polly Baca, the first Latina elected to the Colorado Senate. Others TBA.

This course is the result of a collaboration among the Enrichment Program, History Colorado: Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado // 2020 and the League of Women Voters of ColoradoLeague of Women Voters of Colorado. 10% discount to History Colorado and League of Women Voters of Colorado members.

Four sessions
Mon., Mar. 23, 30, Apr. 6, 13, 2020, 7–9 pm
Location: Room281/Lindsay Auditorium, Sturm Hall, DU campus

Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 93Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $185


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Monday23rd March 202013th April 202007:00PM - 09:00PMSturm HallN/A