Past Event

The Fight for the Right: Women, Voting, and Elections in America

How did a movement that spanned 70 years finally win women the right to vote? Who were the key players and what claims did they make as they advocated for women’s enfranchisement? How have women used their right to vote since the 1920s? What are women’s current voting patterns and what are the implications for the 2008 elections?

This dynamic event will screen part of the illuminating documentary One Woman, One Vote. This film chronicles the fledgling alliances that grew into a sophisticated and powerful mass movement that forced Congress to amend the Constitution.

Professor Christine Stansell, Fallon Wilson, and Jamila Celestine-Michener will engage participants through a panel discussion that further examines how women have influenced the direction of our nation.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made online, by e-mail at, or by calling 312.422.5580.


Jamila Celestine-Michener is a PhD candidate in the Political Science department at the University of Chicago. Originally from Queens, NY, she received her B.A. in politics from Princeton University in 2003 and her M.A. in political science from the University of Chicago in 2006. Her research interests broadly center on race in American politics, gender politics, and everyday politics in the lives of marginalized groups in America. Celestine-Michener has worked as a research assistant and project manager for the Black Youth Project and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship and the University of Chicago Trustees Fellowship.

Christine Stansell is the Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor in United States History and the College in the Department of History at the University of Chicago. She is a leading historian of American women, with interests in women’s and gender history, antebellum U.S. social and political history, American cultural history, and how societies reconstruct themselves after catastrophes. Professor Stansell is currently at work on Feminism, a history of feminism from 1792-2002 to be published as a Modern Library volume for Random House. Future projects will focus on social and political activity across the color line in antebellum America and England, the history of motherhood, the home front in World War II, and post-catastrophic societies.

Fallon Wilson is a graduate student in the Political Science Department at the University of Chicago. She is a graduate of Spelman College. Currently, her research interests broadly center on race and gender politics, the politics of young Black women and the politics of marginalized groups in the US. In addition to her academic work, Fallon is an activist working to end violence against women of color. She was one of the main organizers of the Be Bold Be Brave Be Red: End Violence against Women of Color Wear Red on October 31, 2007 Campaign.

This program is co-sponsored by the Chicago Freedom School, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and The Public Square at the IHC.

Free and open to the public. Reservations required. For more information, call 312.422.5580.