Symposium to celebrate anniversary of the 19th Amendment

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Symposium to celebrate anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Women's suffrage supporters demonstrate against President Woodrow Wilson in Chicago on Oct. 20, 1916. Wilson withheld support for women's voting rights until 1918.
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Women's suffrage supporters demonstrate against President Woodrow Wilson in Chicago on Oct. 20, 1916. Wilson withheld support for women's voting rights until 1918.

Nebraska Innovation Campus will host a symposium commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19.

The “Celebrating the 19th Amendment: Women’s Rights Here and Abroad” program will feature scholars from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and other institutions, as well as women serving as elected officials in the Cornhusker State. Topics will include the history of women’s suffrage; the impact of women in elections in the last 100 years; women’s involvement in politics; and the status of women’s rights on a global scale.

The symposium is sponsored by the university’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the Global Perspectives: Winter Lecture Series, and the League of Women Voters of Lincoln-Lancaster County. Registration is open through Oct. 11 and cost is $20, which includes lunch. Participation is open to the public.

The keynote speaker will be Rhoda Howard-Hassmann, professor emeritus at Canada’s Wilfrid Laurier University. Hassmann will address international human rights with a special focus on women and women’s suffrage. She is the author of several books and articles on the topics. She also served as a consultant for the creation of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s undergraduate program in human rights.

Other speakers include Leslie Working, adjunct instructor of history, Union College; and Katrina Jagodinsky, Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of History at UNL.

Working will discuss the history of women’s suffrage in the United States. Jagodinsky will examine the effects women have had on United States politics, especially in the last 30 years.

The symposium will also include a moderated discussion from a panel of women who have served or are serving in elected office in Nebraska. The panel includes Lou Ann Linehan, current state senator in the 39th District; Patty Pansing Brooks, current state senator in the 28th District; DiAnna Schimek, a public servant who represented Nebraska’s 27th District from 1988 to 2008; and Anna Wishart, a freshman state senator in the 27th District.

Registration is available online or by calling 402-472-6265. Learn more about the symposium.

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