Legacies of Suffrage: Women's Activism Then and Now


Join us, Thursday, March 5, for the film screening, "Knock Down the House", and,
Friday, March 6, for the symposium, Legacies of Suffrage: Women's Activism, Then and Now, presented by the Gender Institute and the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy. 

March 5, Film Screening: Knock Down the House

Thursday | 7 p.m.

Location: Burchfield Penney Art Center - 1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

Please join us for a special screening of the hit documentary, Knock Down the House (2019) by acclaimed documentarian Rachel Lears. The screening is hosted in conjunction with the Burchfield Penney Art Center's Beyond Boundaries series at Buffalo State College. 

A discussion following the screening will be moderated by Karen King, Executive Director of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, and will feature Juanita Perez Williams, : the first Latina candidate to run for mayor of Syracuse, NY.

March 6, Symposium

SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Friday | 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Morning Location: Screening Room, 112 Center for the Arts -North Campus

9:00 am  Registration & continental breakfast

9:15 am   Welcome

Carrie Tirado Bramen, Director, UB Gender Institute & Prof of English

9:30-10:30 am              

Holly Jackson, Assoc Prof of English, UMass, Boston

"'Voting for the Right is Doing Nothing for It': 19th-Century American Radicalism and the Turn to Suffrage"

10:45-11:45 am

Lisa Tetrault, Associate Professor of History and Faculty Advisor/ Gender Studies Minor, Carnegie Mellon University       

“When Women Won the Right to Vote:  A History Unfinished.”

12-1 pm—LUNCH


Afternoon Location: 250 Baird Hall -North Campus

1:00 pm -2:00 pm 

Anastasia C. Curwood, Ph. D., Associate Professor of History  and Director, African American & Africana Studies, University of Kentucky

"Black Feminist Power: Shirley Chisholm and National Politics, 1968-1982.”

2:00-2:15 pm Coffee Break

2:15-3:30 pm 

Panel: The Future: Reimagining the Political Playbook

Symposium Speakers

Holly Jackson.

Holly Jackson

Lisa Tetrault.

Lisa Tetrault

Anastasia Curwood.

Anastasia Curwood

Holly Jackson is an Associate Professor of English at University of Massachusetts Boston, and Associate Editor of the New England Quarterly. She is the author of two books, including American Radicals: How 19th-Century Protest Shaped the Nation, which was published in October. Her writing has also appeared in a number of scholarly journals and popular media outlets. She recently contributed an op-ed to the Washington Post titled, “Beyond Suffrage: It’s Time to Fight for the Original and Unfulfilled Goals of the Women’s Movement.”



Lisa Tetrault is an Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University. She specializes in the history of U.S. women and gender with a focus on social movements (particularly feminism), American democracy, and the politics of memory.

Her first book, The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women's Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898 (University of North Carolina Press, 2014) won the Organization of American Historians' inaugural Mary Jurich Nickliss women's history book prize. The Myth uncovers the politics behind the manufacture of an origins myth for feminism.



Anastasia Curwood is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of African American & Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky. Her forthcoming book, Chisholm: The Life an an American Symbol, provides a detailed look at the life of African American icon Shirley Chisholm, the first Black congresswoman, the first woman to seek the Democratic presidential nomination, and the first Black American to seek the nomination of a major party.