World Affairs and the Enduring American Revolution: Women’s Rights

The year 2020 marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. But the struggle for women’s rights did not begin — or end — there. Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Museum of the American Revolution for an evening panel discussion that will examine women’s rights — including the right to education, freedom from discrimination and violence, and fair and equal wages, among others — from the 1770s to today and the important role of women in the 2020 presidential election and beyond.

With framing remarks and moderated by Errin Haines, editor-at-large for The 19th*, a new nonprofit newsroom reporting on gender, politics, and policy, the panel will address the progress that’s been made as well as what still needs to be done to protect and expand the rights of women in the United States and around the world. It will be followed by a question-and-answer session.


Errin Haines (moderator)
Editor-at-Large, The 19th* and MSNBC Contributor

Jovida Hill
Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Engagement for Women in Philadelphia, Pa.

Rachel B. Vogelstein
Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow and Director of the Women and Foreign Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, D.C.

Rosemarie Zagarri, Ph.D.
University Professor and Professor of History at George Mason University and Author of Revolutionary Backlash: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic

View and/or download the panelist's full bios.

The panel discussion will take place on the heels of opening of the Museum’s highly anticipated special exhibition When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776-1807 (Oct. 2, 2020 - April 25, 2021), which explores the little-known story of the women and free people of color who legally voted in New Jersey, more than a century before the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The exhibition examines how and why this right was stripped away in 1807 and how the memory of these early voters became a rallying cry as another generation of women took up the mantle of the suffrage movement decades later.

Program Schedule

4:50 p.m. - Log-In to Zoom Webinar Event
5:00 p.m. - Framing Remarks and Panel Discussion with Live Q&A
6:30 p.m. - Conclusion