August marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which legally ended the use of sex as a qualification for the right to vote.
In this episode, Corrine McConnaughy takes listeners back in time to what gave the movement legs, explaining how "coalition politics" were the lynchpin in women securing the right to vote. She also discusses some well-known suffrage figures, highlighting how often they are mythologized. Instead, she advocates for the recognition of the movement as a collective force.
McConnaughy is a research scholar and lecturer at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. She studies how political identities–from party identification to race, gender, and ethnicity–are formed and function in the American political system.
She’s the author of a book on the politics of women’s voting rights: “The Woman Suffrage Movement in America: A Reassessment."