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The Texas Suffrage Movement and Changes in Citizenship & Voting Rights
March 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
In honor of Women’s History Month and the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, please join us for a talk on the women’s suffrage movement in Texas. Dr. Rachel M. Gunter will share her expertise on the route to ratification of the amendment in Texas in 1919 and national acceptance in 1920. The story of women’s suffrage does not end there, however! Changes in women’s right to participate in primaries and elections impacted other groups before and after 1920 including immigrants, servicemen, WWI veterans, Mexican Americans, and African Americans. Moreover, the modifications to suffrage law affected the meaning of citizenship in America.
Rachel M. Gunter received her Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M University and is a Professor of History at Collin College. Dr. Gunter is a consultant, interviewee, editor, and co-writer for a documentary of the Texas Suffrage Movement from the Ruthe Winegarten Foundation for Texas Women’s History coming in Augusut 2020. She is the Texas Coordinator for the Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States and serves on the Executive Advisory Committee of the Handbook of Texas Women for the Texas State Historical Association. Her publications include “Without Us, It is Ferguson with a Plurality,’ Woman Suffrage and Anti-Ferguson Politics” in Impeached: The Removal of Texas Governor James E. Ferguson (2017) published by Texas A&M University Press and a forthcoming article in the Suffrage Centennial Special Issue of the Journal of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era on suffragists’ efforts to disfranchise immigrant permanent residents. She is active on twitter @PhDRachel and her website is RMGunter.Owlstown.com.