Toward a More Perfect Union: Driving Institutional Change

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Date(s) - 12/03/2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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Toward a More Perfect Union: Driving Institutional Change


Join USCHS for a discussion with Lucinda Robb and Rebecca Boggs Roberts, coauthors of The Suffragist Playbook: Your Guide to Changing the World. Roberts and Robb will examine how the tactics that led to the ultimate success of the suffrage movement still apply to driving institutional change in our own times.


The ratification of the 19th Amendment was decades in the making and came with many harsh setbacks. How did the suffragists do it? One hundred years later, an eye-opening look at their playbook shows that some of their strategies seem oddly familiar. Women’s marches at inauguration time? Check. Publicity stunts, optics, and influencers? They practically invented them. Petitions, lobbying, speeches, raising money, and writing articles? All of that, too.

Engagingly narrated by Lucinda Robb and Rebecca Boggs Roberts, whose friendship goes back generations (to their grandmothers, Lady Bird Johnson and Lindy Boggs, and their mothers, Lynda Robb and Cokie Roberts), this clear-eyed view of the movement encompasses moments of inspiration as well as some of the movement’s darker aspects—including the racism of some suffragist leaders, violence against picketers, and hunger strikes in jail. The book considers the roles of key figures in the movement including Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, Ida B. Wells, Alice Paul, and many more. An insightful how-to informed by compelling history, The Suffragist Playbook is both timely and timeless.

This virtual event is free and open to the public; registration is required.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Noon to 1:00 PM (EST)