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Lecture Series Commemorates 100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment

September 13, 2019

MOSCOW, Idaho — Sept. 12, 2019 — Public presentations that mark the century since ratification of the 19thamendment — granting women the right to vote — begin this month and continue through 2020 as part of a lecture series hosted by the University of Idaho, Latah County Historical Society and Moscow League of Women Voters.

The Seeking Suffrage Lecture Series, with public presentations at U of I and in Moscow, begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in the Haddock Performance Hall on campus. Historian and U of I alumna Karen Offen will discuss “Seeking Suffrage: The Pursuit of Women’s Right to Vote Worldwide” to introduce the global background for the American suffrage campaigns and compare them to similar campaigns in France, Great Britain and Germany.

Offen is a historian and senior scholar with the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. She has authored seven books, a majority centered on feminism and women’s rights in Europe. Offen founded the International Federation for Research in Women’s History and has held fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“Karen Offen is a globally recognized scholar of the highest caliber,” said Sean Quinlan, dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. “Her books have transformed the ways in which we understand women and gender studies and has unearthed the deep historical roots of today’s global feminisms.”

A 1961 alumna of U of I’s Department of History, Offen was awarded an honorary doctorate from U of I in 2004 and a Silver and Gold Award from the University of Idaho Alumni Association.

The Seeking Suffrage Lecture Series is hosted by the Latah County Historical Society, Moscow League of Women’s Voters, U of I’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, Honors Program and Women’s Center, with support from the Idaho Humanities Council.

“The purpose of this series is to highlight this significant event in the history of the United States — an event that has not received the attention it deserves and one that provides a right that both women and men take for granted,” said Katherine Aiken, a U of I professor emerita of and series co-planner. “The presentations will examine the women’s rights campaign not only from a gender perspective, but also explore the influences of race, class and sexual identity.”

Subsequent lectures, scheduled between January and April 2020, will focus on the women’s suffrage movement in the West, Idaho and Latah County.

“We are approaching an election year with more and more women candidates entering the political sphere. This reality is a direct result of the women’s suffrage campaign,” said Dulce Kersting-Lark, executive director of the Latah County Historical Society.

Media Contacts

Dulce Kersting-Lark
Executive Director
Latah County Historical Society

Kathy Foss
Marketing and Communications Manager
College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Karen Offen

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