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She Can, We Can: Women’s suffrage, a clearer look

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Women’s right to vote in America was the result of a long political struggle. Throughout 2021-22, UNCG presents “She Can, We Can: Beyond the Women’s Suffrage Centennial.” Through a diverse and inclusive series of events and discussions, organizers ask: What political advances and compromises resulted in the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, and how have these shaped issues of equity in our own time?

People picketed, negotiated, and sacrificed to gain not only women’s voting rights, but equal access to education, employment, and health care. While the movement was able to pass the Constitutional amendment, the effort was also riddled with contradictions and exclusions. For example, African American women and recent immigrants were excluded from the White-female-dominated movement.

Dozens of events remain in the series. All are open to the public; some are ticketed.

Several highlighted events:

Margaret Atwood, author – Feb. 6

“Ella Puede, Nosotros Podemos. Towards Equity and Hope in Immigration Issues” – Feb. 18

Geena Davis, actor and activist – Feb. 28

Natasha Trethewey, recipient of Pulitzer Prize for Poetry – March 17

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