Wilkes University

Year of the Vote: Gender, Politics, & Power

Wilkes University Celebrates Year of the Vote


Due to international concerns about coronavirus, the Sordoni Art Gallery is closed and all gallery events (including those part of Year of the Vote) are canceled until further notice. This is a developing, dynamic situation that will be met by the resolve rooted in our values and our care for one another. We look forward to welcoming you to back to the gallery soon. For the latest information, please visit wilkes.edu/coronavirus.

Wilkes University presents Year of the Vote: Gender, Politics, & Power as a year-long celebration of the ratification of the 19th amendment and women's right to vote.

This series consists of monthly thematic lectures, podcasts episodes that correlate with our monthly theme, special events, and monthly EqualiTEAS that explore topics and issues women have both historically faced and are currently facing today.  It is a collaborative interdisciplinary project of the Wilkes University faculty representing the departments of Women & Gender Studies, English, Integrative Media, Psychology, Political Science, History, and Nursing.  As the year progresses, the goal is to educate our community about the achievements of both our regional and national foremothers while also empowering students to engage with their community throughout this monumental year.  While much progress has been made in these 100 years, discussion about the future is a paramount component of the series.

Each month's events are organized around a theme. All lectures and EqualiTEAS take place in the Sordoni Art Gallery unless otherwise noted.
Fun fact: Equaliteas initially began with the suffragettes and were held to educate women about suffrage while also honoring local women leaders-- all over tea.  We look to honor that tradition... and yes, we'll have tea!


Right in the Kisser

  • Right in the Kisser Podcast: Introduction to the Year of the Vote project focusing on terminology and a discussion on the waves of feminism featuring Professor Lisa Reynolds (host), dept of Integrative Media, Dr. Mia Briceno, dept. of Communication Studies, Dr. Ellen Newell, dept. of Psychology, and Professor Heather Sincavage, director of the Sordoni Art Gallery.

Episode 1

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Episode 2

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Past Events

January - Introduction to Year of the Vote

  • Lecture: January 30 at 5 p.m. - What Binds Us Tight by Eva Polizzi, fibers artist

February - Black History Month

  • EqualiTEA: February 11 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    • Discussion: Women's healthcare & activist poster making
    • Activity: Poster-making session
  • Event: February 14-15 at 7 p.m. in the Henry Ballroom - Vagina Monologues
  • Lecture: February 27 at 4:30 p.m. - Black Liberation: Race, Class & Colonialism in W.E.B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon by Dr. Jap Nanak Makkar, English Department
  • Open Mic/Poetry Slam: February 27 after the lecture

March - Women's History Month

  • Celebrate International Women's Day March 8!
  • Lecture: March 12 at 4:30 p.m. - Not Just Housewives: Women's Activism before the 19th Amendment by Dr. Amy Sopcak-Joseph, History Department