Program celebrates centennial of 19th Amendment

Constitutional scholar Meg Mott to present online event examining ambitions, aspirations of women’s suffrage

PUTNEY — In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Next Stage welcomes Dr. Meg Mott, professor of politics emerita of Marlboro College, for a spoken word, online-only event, examining the ambitions and aspirations of women's suffrage.

The event takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m.

The 19th Amendment, ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, prohibited states and the federal government from denying citizens the right to vote on the basis of sex. Once the 19th Amendment became law, the franchise doubled.

But what effect did women's participation have on American politics? Frederick Douglass promoted women's suffrage in 1848, claiming that it would increase the “moral power” of the nation. Did that prophecy come true?

This event, which will be livestreamed from Next Stage, includes an opportunity for audience discussion immediately following.

Mott is well known for dynamic and insightful presentations about the U.S. Constitution. Since the 2016 election, she has been traveling around the Northeast presenting on the Bill of Rights.

“The point is not to lecture, but to get the audience engaged in the constitutional questions of our nation,” she explained in a news release. “Just about every passage in our founding document is open to debate. The trick is to allow space for all sides in these ongoing arguments.”

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