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 Gender, Women's Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future


Ethnic & Cultural Studies Feminism & Women's Studies Gender Studies History Religion Sociology Violence

The Gender, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future (GWSPP) conference marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in the United States. Hosted by Michigan State University’s Center for Gender in Global Context and Department of History, and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan, the conference will bring together scholars and activists to explore the critical history of women’s suffrage and political power, and imagine future possibilities for expanding equity in political participation and representation in the United States and across the globe.

This conference intends to have a particular focus on womxn of color and will conceptualize suffrage broadly as encompassing civic participation and political power within and outside of electoral politics, with a critical focus on the role of white supremacy and/or violent practices in suffrage and broader political movements. A portion of the conference will be dedicated to women’s power in higher education, with a view to drawing links between the exclusion of diverse women’s voices in the academy, and women’s broader political power.

The organizers invite proposals from diverse fields, including scholarship, politics, and community organizing, with a special focus on potentials for solidarity, activism, and/or transformation.

Topics could include, but are not limited to:
• Women’s political leadership at the local, national, and international levels.
• Race, Gender, Class, (Dis)ability, Religion, and/or Sexuality in movements for women’s rights.
• Women and gender in academic and/or community leadership.
• Violence in/of suffrage movements.
Proposals are invited in the following styles and formats:
• Individual papers
• Panels
• Individual discussion sessions
• Conversational panel discussions
• Poster Presentations

If you would like to organize an alternative format of presentation, such as a workshop, exhibition, performance creative session, or data session, please contact us at

Submission Deadline: March 6th, 2020. Early submissions are welcome.

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