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Snapshot 20/20 Symposium

Women lining a stairwell outside of Old Meredith Campus holding banner with words Equal Suffrage League Sign

Join us throughout the academic year for virtual events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment!

Meredith College is pleased to announce Snapshot 20/20, a symposium to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Snapshot 20/20 will foster international and interdisciplinary scholarship and conversations focused on the social, economic, and political status of women and girls from 1920 to 2020.

Highlights of Symposium Events:

  • Wednesday, August 26 and Online | Meredith College students and alumnae share research on women's lives and experiences. Click here to watch the full program on YouTube.
  • More Online Events
    • In honor of Constitution Day, Guest Lecturer Geoffrey Pollick, Ph.D. presents "Ordination as Emancipation: Voting Rights Activism and Women's Religious Professions in Early 20th-Century United States". Click here to watch the full presentation on YouTube
    • "Celebrating Women's Histories" - To celebrate the Beverly Perdue Collection and our focus on collecting women's histories, on November 18, 2020 we featured guest speaker Kira Lyle from the University of South Carolina and also highlighted the North Carolina Women's Oral History Collection in the Meredith College Archives with our colleague Carrie Nichols, Public History major Inaya Rivera, and 2020 alumna Morgan Johnson. Click here to watch the full online presentation.
    • Meredith’s theatre program, under the direction of Professor Cathy Rodgers, has created a devised work on woman suffrage, titledThe Activists. Click here to watch the full production on Vimeo and to read more about the production team and their research click here.
    • Access A Companion Guide prepared by Carlyle Campbell Library at Meredith College. This guide has been produced to accompany Snapshot 20/20. The intention is to provide a selection of resources available through the Meredith library and on the Internet that can inform the Meredith community about women's suffrage: books, videos, digital collections, and primary sources.
    • Morgan Johnson and Marissa Fowler present research on suffrage activism at Meredith College and other NC colleges for women:
    • Associate Professor of Sociology Amie Hess and her students will share the 2019 edition of Meredith College's report on the Status of Girls in North Carolina. Details coming soon.
    • FOCUS on ELECTION 2020: Women Voters - Past and Present
      • Watch the full presentation on the Meredith College channel on YouTube HERE
        • Guest Lecturer Joshua Chanin of Texas A&M University-Commerce discusses the efforts of women to define Texas's political culture following ratification of the 19th Amendment.
        • David McLennan highlights issues central to the September and October Meredith Polls, which focus on voters' responses to questions about key Election 2020 races in the battleground state of NC. Read more about the September and October Meredith Poll.
        • Listen to Whitney Manzo and other women in NC politics discuss why North Carolina earns a "D" on women's political participation based on four key factors: voter registration, voter turnout, representation in elected office, and women’s institutional resources from this summer's NC Council for Women & Youth Involvement panel.  Read more in The 2020 Status of Women in NC: Political Participation Report.  Data from the report shows that, while some progress has been made in women’s political participation in North Carolina, obstacles persist at all levels.
  • Through September 11 on Campus | The Department of History, Political Science and International Studies in conjunction with the Carlyle Campbell Library are hosting a new popup exhibition from the National Archives, Rightfully Hers, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Rightfully Hers contains simple messages exploring the history of the ratification of the 19th amendment, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th, and its impact today. Despite decades of marches, petitions, and public debate to enshrine a woman’s right to vote in the constitution, the 19th Amendment – while an enormous milestone – did not grant voting rights for all. The challenges of its passage reverberate to the ongoing fight for gender equity today. This exhibit runs through September 11th and is located in the entrance alcove of the Cate Center and the Trending Reading section of the Carlyle Campbell Library.

Spring 2021 - Dates TBA

Keynote address featuring former Governor Beverly Eaves Perdue

The State Archives of North Carolina traveling exhibit on woman suffrage

Scholarly Panels

Podcasts, panels, and exhibits in collaboration with The North Carolina Museum of History

And more!

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Snapshot 20/20 Committee
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Contact Information
Angela Robbins
Associate Professor of History
218 Joyner
aprobbins@meredith.edu
(919) 760-8825