Suffrage Expert Kicks Off Women's History Month

Feb 22, 2021

Lisa Tetrault to discuss women's suffrage on March 2 during virtual event.

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Lisa Tetrault, associate professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University, will discuss women’s voting rights at 12:30 p.m. March 2 as Cal U celebrates Women’s History Month. 

The event — “When Women Won the Right to Vote: A History Unfinished” — will explore the 19th Amendment and the ongoing pursuit of voting rights.   

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Tetrault is a leading scholar of women’s suffrage, specializing in American democracy, memory, and social movements. She is the author of the prize-winning book, The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898.  A frequent commentator on the suffrage centennial, Tetrault also serves as an historical consultant for 19th Amendment projects launched by the National Constitution Center, the Woodrow Wilson House, and, as well as the PBS documentary “The Vote.” 

The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Library of Congress, she is at work on a genealogy of the 19th Amendment. 

Other Speakers and Panel Discussions 

11 a.m.-noon March 11: “A Life Well-Lived: Lessons from Mel Blumberg” highlights the legacy of the former political science professor and director of the American Democracy Project at Cal U who died in 2020.  Panelists: Courtney Cochran ’12, ’13, former student; Dr. Laura Tuennerman, history professor; Liz Mims, director, Dress for Success; Dr. Kelton Edmonds, history professor; Dr. Ayanna Walker, professor of health sciences; Dr. Lenora Angelone, former vice president for Student Affairs.


11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. March 18: “Yoga Roots on Location.” Felicia Savage Friedman emphasizes an individual and collective care approach to dismantling systems of oppression and integrating a trauma-sensitive, holistic approach to daily life.


11 a.m.-noon March 23: “Women Paving the Way” panel discussion. Participants: Traci McDonald, judge, Washington County Court of Common Pleas; Michel Conklin, executive director, BotsIQ; Melissa Stein, co-founder, Stein Wealth Advisors; Tiffany Kline-Costa, sergeant of the Community Engagement Office, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.


11 a.m.-noon March 30: “Celebration of Women” gathering. Recipients of The President’s Commission for the Status of Women Person of the Year award and the Mel Blumberg Sunshine Award will be announced. The award honors Blumberg's commitment to her field of political science, to teaching, to the American Democracy project, and to her friends, colleagues and community.

"Mel mentored so many students and colleagues by listening and offering sage advice, connecting people to each other and opportunities, and by building people up," said Dr. Laura Tuennerman, a history professor and director of the American Democracy Project at Cal U. "Mel nominated others for awards and highlighted their good work and accomplishments. She was a ray of sunshine on campus and in the community. She showered that light on others. The Sunshine Award honors both Dr. Melanie Blumberg and will now honor those who carry on Mel's legacy of spreading sunshine to others."



3 p.m. March 7: “RBG”
Discussion begins at 4:45 p.m.

3 p.m. March 21: “The Farewell”
Discussion begins at 4:45 p.m.

Follow @CalUofPA on social media as we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 and International Social Work Day on March 16. 

Women’s History Month events are sponsored by The American Democracy Project at Cal U, the women’s studies program and the Women’s Center.