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August 21, 2020

Constitution Day 2020: “When Women Won the Right to Vote” - A History Unfinished with Professor Lisa Tetrault

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Time: 7:00PM
Format: Online Webinar
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The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, and Carnegie Mellon University Libraries and Division of Student Affairs are proud to welcome Lisa Tetrault, CMU Associate Professor of History, as featured speaker for our annual Constitution Day event.

In this online lecture, Professor Tetrault explains how contrary to popular assumption, the right to vote does not exist in the United States Constitution or United States law. When women won passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, they did not win the right to vote, despite repeated claims that they did. Just what did the women’s suffrage amendment do, then? Clarifying this history, Professor Tetrault also positions 1920 as the middle of a much larger story about the pursuit of voting rights, a struggle that is unfinished and ongoing today.


Lisa Tetrault is an Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University's Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She specializes in the history of gender, race, and American democracy--with an emphasis on social movements and memory.

Her path-breaking book “The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement 1848-1898” won the Organization of American Historians’ Mary Jurich Nickliss book prize in 2015. Her research has been funded by the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard, and the Library of Congress.