Wilkes University

Join Year of the Vote for a Women's History Month Lecture

Please join Year of the Vote for our Women's History Month lecture, "Not Just Housewives: Women's Activism before the 19th Amendment, presented by Amy Sopcak-Joseph, assistant professor of history, at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the Sordoni Art Gallery.

As Americans celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment's passage, this lecture will look at women's roles in public life during the 100 years before women's suffrage. Not simply confined to housework and care work, American women, white and black, influenced political conversations. They volunteered to make their communities better and fought for causes they believed in — from the abolition of slavery to the prohibition of liquor. Some even argued against extending suffrage to their sisters. Ultimately, women's activism in the years before the 19th Amendment was varied and complex, local and national, and progressive and conservative.

What is Year of the Vote? The YOV project is an interdisciplinary, year-long celebration of suffrage as well as an examination of topics that women are faced with today. In this election year, we not only appreciate and honor the legacy of our foremothers who advocated for the right to vote, we also aim to mobilize our community with the information that they need to be informed about current events. We do so by organizing our events around a monthly theme. 

The project consists of numerous activities: a lecture series, EqualiTEAS, open mic, pop-up events and even a podcast (Right in the Kisser). We also look to support women-centric events that are already part of the Wilkes academic year, such as the Women and Gender Studies Conference.   

Our podcast, Right in the Kisser, is available on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, and acast. 

Please contact Heather Sincavage at heather.sincavage@  wilkes.edu if you have questions or if you want to get involved. See our website: wilkes.edu/  yearofthevote.  Follow on social media at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @yearofthevote.

not just housewives flyer featuring women from the 1920s