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Members of the Girls' Tennis Club as featured in TCU's 1909 "pictorial bulletin."

TCU Celebrates Women’s History Month, 100 Years of Voting Rights

March 2, 2020

March is Women’s History Month, and the TCU community will celebrate with a variety of opportunities for students, faculty and staff. This year, several events will explore women’s voting rights. The 19th amendment, which guaranteed American women the right to vote, was ratified 100 years ago, on Aug. 18, 1920.

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Read about inspiring TCU women in TCU Magazine.

Upcoming events:

  • British Women Writers Conference March 5-7

English department graduate students will host the 28th annual British Women Writers Conference March 5-7. Highlighting work in the 18th and 19th centuries, the theme of “visions” is intended to encourage attendees to engage with the past and “reimagine the possibilities for future scholarship.”

  • Texas Suffrage Movement & Changes in Citizenship & Voting Rights, March 7

The Center for Texas Studies will present The Texas Suffrage Movement & Changes in Citizenship & Voting Rights with Rachel Gunter of Collin College on March 7. Gunter’s presentation will explore Texas’ ratification as well as the national acceptance and how it impacted other groups, such as immigrants, servicemen, veterans, Mexican Americans and African Americans.

  • Suffrage & Voting Rights: Revisiting and Reimagining a Movement, March 24

In partnership with Tarrant County’s League of Women Voters, TCU faculty, staff, graduate students, alumni and community members will join to host a symposium on the centenary of U.S. women obtaining the right to vote. Suffrage & Voting Rights: Revisiting and Reimagining a Movement will take place March 24.

  • Black Women’s History and Culture Forum, March 25

Daina Ramey Berry will join TCU for an evening of conversation about her most recent publication, A Black Women’s History of the United States. Learn about lesser-known black women who contributed to the history of our nation March 25 at the third annual Black Women’s History and Culture Forum, presented by Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies and Women & Gender Studies. 

  • An Evening with Mara Liasson: The Liberal Arts & Democracy Today, March 26

The AddRan College of Liberal Arts will host An Evening with Mara Liasson: The Liberal Arts & Democracy Today on March 26. Liasson is a national political correspondent for National Public Radio. Since 1992, she has contributed significantly to modern elections, covering seven presidential races. She has thrice received the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage. In TCU’s Robert D. Alexander Lecture series, Liasson will answer questions on her career, as well as politics.

Did you know?

TCU’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies is celebrating 25 years of Women & Gender Studies, where women — along with gender and sexuality — are at the center of academic attention each day, promoting the workings of power in society and the means of advancing social justice and equality.

About Women’s History Month

In 1980, the first Women’s History Week was established by President Jimmy Carter, who wrote, “From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this Nation. Too often, the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed.”

The recognition week was expanded to Women’s History Month in 1987. At TCU, and across the country, the month of March now includes several events celebrating women and their accomplishments.