panel discussion


Unfinished Business: What the 19th Amendment Didn't Do

TimeThursday, October 8, 2020 from 5:00 PM–6:00 PM
PriceFree, but registration required

Moderated by Virginia State Senator Jennifer McClellan, this virtual panel discussion explores the struggle for the vote that remained for many citizens after the passage of the 19th Amendment. Extending the right to vote to women in 1920 was a milestone in American history, but much work remained to ensure that all citizens had a fair and equal voice in governing the country and shaping its policies. Historians Lauranett Lee (a visiting lecturer in the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies) and Megan Taylor-Shockley (an author and former professor of history at Clemson University) discuss the fundamental question of citizenship through obstacles that limited suffrage to some Americans, including the Equal Rights Amendment (first introduced in 1923), extending citizenship to America’s indigenous peoples, eliminating the poll tax and literacy tests, and the continuing advocacy for restoration of rights to felons. This event complements the Library’s exhibitions We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia and Unfinished Business. For more information, contact Emma Ito at or 804.692.3726.

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