World Affairs and the Enduring Revolution: Women’s RightsOctober 13, 2020
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Museum of the American Revolution presented a panel discussion, "World Affairs and the Enduring Revolution: Women’s Rights," on Oct. 13, 2020 that examined 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.
The panelists included:
Errin Haines (moderator)
Editor-at-large for The 19th* and MSNBC Contributor
Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Engagement for Women in Philadelphia
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.
Dr. Rosemarie Zagarri
University Professor and Professor of History at George Mason University and Author of Revolutionary Backlash: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic
Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, Museum President and CEO, and Lauren Swartz, the World Affairs Council’s new President, offered welcome remarks.
The panel discussion took place on the heels of opening of the Museum’s 2020-21 special exhibition When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776-1807, which ran from Oct. 2, 2020 through April 25, 2021 and explored 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 examined 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.