100 years ago, the 19th Amendment was ratified. But American women’s battle for the ballot began long before that day in August—and continues, even to this day. Wonder Media Network presents She Votes!—a podcast that digs into the complex history of the women’s suffrage movement and its enduring significance, hosted by award-winning journalists Ellen Goodman and Lynn Sherr. Having lived through—and covered—feminism’s second-wave, Goodman and Sherr tell the definitive story of suffrage, from the first demands to speak on public matters by antislavery activists in 1837, through the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention for women's rights, to the drama of the final passage in 1920 and beyond.
100 years ago, the 19th amendment was ratified - but women's fight for the right to vote began long before then, and continues even today. In our final episode, Ellen and Lynn look at what happened after August 26th, 1920. Who voted, who didn't, who couldn't -- and why, this November, it's so important to cast your hard-fought ballot.
Mother Knows Best
August 18, 1920. Nashville, Tennessee. Men and women on both sides of the suffrage fight have been battling for weeks over the final state needed to ratify the 19th amendment, employing every weapon in their arsenals, from door-knocking to smuggling whiskey. But it's one rookie lawmaker, and a letter from his mother, who ultimately turns the tide. Ellen and Lynn take us back.
The Women's Pages
Think that mastering the media machine is tough today? Hear what the suffragists endured at the hands of a nearly all-male press, turning ridicule into respect. Ellen and Lynn share their own experiences as women covering women, and go back to the years when suffragists created their own newspapers, took to the “soapboxes," and engineered the parades, spectacles and protests that caught the attention of the press -- and the country.
Sisterhood is not always powerful
Throughout the battle for the ballot, suffragists often faced unlikely -- but powerful -- opponents: anti-suffragists, women who fought to keep other women from the polls. But this was hardly the only gender-based rift the suffrage movement faced. Lynn and Ellen explore what happens when sisterhood fails.
Heroes. They're never perfect, no matter how much we admire them. When Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton found themselves on the opposite side of the 15th Amendment from their friend, Frederick Douglass, the ensuing debates shed light on anger, on biases and on the depth of relationships. How do we remember our heroes, flaws and all? Ellen and Lynn investigate.
Rooted in Outrage
"Click moments" have powered some of this country's biggest social upheavals. From second wave feminism's emergence during the Civil Rights movement to the creation of the suffrage movement amidst abolitionist organizing, Lynn and Ellen track down the ingredients for those moments of realization, when you finally see something that's been in front of you all along.
This is an awesome podcast. The research, the writing, the presentation combine to make it a pleasure to hear. You brought this mature feminist to tears more than once. Thanks for sharing this journey with us. I especially loved the episode with Stacy Abrams...a future president!
They did an exceptional job with this. Informative, inspiring and draws in the listeners with wonderful portraits of the major players in the fight for the 19th amendment. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Important for this time
At 65, I feel caught in the changing of the guard - necessary, but none the less confusing. This series is reminding me of what these women did for my generation and helping me remember what I need to pass on. Thanks for putting this together!