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Tuesday, August 18

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the US constitution, paving the way for millions of American women to make their voices heard at the ballot box. Join us as we celebrate 100 hundred years of women's suffrage in the United States. In this session we will learn more about the origins of the women's suffrage movement, the individuals who helped make the ratification of the 19th Amendment a reality, and why it is so important to recognize this milestone today.

Dr. Malia McAndrew is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at John Carroll University. She specializes in the history of women and gender in United States history. Dr. McAndrew holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park and has taught at John Carroll University since 2008. During the 2018-2019 academic year she was awarded a visiting scholar appointment at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Dr. McAndrew is the author of several scholarly articles. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Women’s History, the Magazine of History, and other academic outlets. Dr. McAndrew's most recent scholarship chronicles the life of Lt. Ethel B. Weed (1906-1975), a Cleveland native, who was one of the few American women to devise and implement U.S. foreign policy during the U.S. military occupation of Japan from 1945-1952. Working alongside noted Japanese feminists, Lt. Weed helped to bring suffrage and a robust participation in the political process to Japanese women for the first time in that nation's history.  

At John Carroll, Dr. McAndrew is on the Faculty Steering Committees for the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program, the Peace, Justice & Human Rights Program, and the Asian Studies Program. In 2017, she served as a historical consultant and interviewee for PBS of the Western Reserve Documentary The Battle for the Right to Vote.