Symposium: March 6, 2020

Legacies of Suffrage: Women's Activism, Then and Now

Photograph circa 1905, "National Woman's Party: Miss Mabel Vernon of Delaware marches to the White House", courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress.

Friday, March 6, 2020:  The symposium, Legacies of Suffrage: Women's Activism Then and Now, marks the ratification centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Organized by Carrie Bramen, the symposium brings together scholars to explore the lessons of hard-won voting rights, the need for civic engagement, and, the role of trailblazers in the suffrage movement.

The symposium is organized by Carrie Tirado Bramen, Director, UB Gender Institute, and Professor of English. The speakers are Holly Jackson (UMass, Boston), Lisa Tetrault (Carnegie Mellon), and Anastasia C. Curwood (University of Kentucky). The event features a panel, The Future: Reimagining the Political Playbook, moderated by Maria Whyte, Commissioner, Deputy Erie County Executive. Panelists include: Karen King, Erie County Commissioner of Public Advocacy, and Co-Director First Amendment First Vote; Melina Carnicelli, Founder and Co-Director, First Amendment First Vote; and, Jennifer Hibit, Chief of Staff to Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Executive.

Symposium Sponsors

  • The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, advancing interdisciplinary legal scholarship since 1978, the center supports research projects, grant proposals, conferences, fellowships, visiting scholars, distinguished speakers, and other promising initiatives on campus.
  • UB Gender Institute, founded in 1997 to promote scholarship and praxis with the goal of helping to implement gender equality on campus and around the world. 
  • The County of Erie Commission on the Status of Women, connecting women with resources needed to reach their full potential while recommending measures to coordinate, consolidate, or expand those resources in Erie County, NY. 
  • First Amendment First Vote, Inc., a non-partisan seminar and conference opportunity for high school students to imagine themselves engaging in the political process as leaders and candidates for elected office in adulthood.

Symposium Poster