Susan Goodier, Lecturer, History Department, contributed an article for Votes for Women! A Portrait of Persistence, the exhibition catalog published to accompany a current exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. The exhibit marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution as part of the larger struggle for equal rights for all citizens.
The exhibit, also titled “Votes for Women! A Portrait of Persistence,” is curated by Kate Clarke Lemay, historian and director of Portal, the National Portrait Gallery’s Scholarly Center. Both the book and the exhibition highlight photographs, posters, artwork, pennants, and other objects related to the suffrage movement in the United States. Lemay solicited Goodier’s contribution to the catalog, “A Woman’s Place: Organized Resistance to the Franchise,” which focuses on the anti-suffrage movement. Goodier argues that to understand the radicalism of the suffrage movement, we must understand the broad hostility and social mores suffragists struggled against over the seven decades of the movement’s existence. Suffragists honed many of their arguments in response to the arguments anti-suffragists presented.
The exhibit will run through January 5, 2020.