Dr. Lisa Tetrault will present Persistence & Resistance: Framing the Nineteenth Amendment on April 18, 2019 in the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium at the National Portrait Gallery. Lisa Tetrault is a professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University and the author of the prize-winning book, The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898. A recipient of fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others, Tetrault is a leading scholar of U.S. women’s suffrage. She is currently working on a book entitled Enter Woman Suffrage which examines how women’s voting fit into the political landscape after the American Civil War.
While there, please take time to view the exhibition Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence. “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence” will shed light on the racial struggles of the suffrage movement and how African American women, often excluded by white women from the main suffrage organizations, organized for citizenship rights (including the right to vote). Portraits of African American contributors to the movement include Sarah Remond, who filed one of the earliest lawsuits protesting race segregation; Ida B. Wells, who advocated for federal laws against lynching; and Mary Church Terrell, who established the National Association of Colored Women.