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She Persisted, and Resisted: Four Centuries of Women in America

Session 1 of 4-Session Evening Lecture Series

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1B0249
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Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, ca. 1891 (Library Of Congress)

Historian Elisabeth Griffith, a biographer of suffrage pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton, leads a fast-paced series that examines the history of women in America from the colonial period through second-wave feminism. Each session covers approximately a century of American history, tracing the advances, setbacks, accomplishments, and complications of the nation’s diverse women.


Colonial Dames, Servants, Slaves, and Free Black and Native Women (1600–1770)

What about a new world benefitted women? Is American history a chronicle of women losing, rather than gaining, rights?

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Smithsonian Connections

For a few decades after the 1776 adoption of New Jersey’s state constitution, women and black people could vote. reports on that short-lived enfranchisement, and how these rights were revoked.

American Women's History Initiative

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)