19th Amendment Ratification in Idaho Focus of Next ‘Seeking Suffrage’ Lecture
February 19, 2020
MOSCOW, Idaho — Feb. 19, 2020 —The “Seeking Suffrage Lecture Series,” commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, continues at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in the Haddock Performance Hall.
This lecture, “Seeking Suffrage: The Idaho Story,” will feature University of Idaho historians Rebecca Scofield and Katherine G. Aiken from the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. The pair will discuss how the ratification affected women, its consequences throughout the state and how Idaho politics delayed its ratification. The lecture is free.
“Drs. Scofield and Aiken are recognized experts in their respective fields of gender and Idaho history,” said Dulce Kersting-Lark, executive director of the Latah County Historical Society.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have them here in our community and at the University of Idaho.”
Scofield is an assistant professor of 20th century American history at U of I, where she focuses on the history of gender and sexuality in the American West. Her 2019 book, “Outriders: Rodeo at the Fringes of the American West,” focuses on marginalized rodeo communities over the 20th century.
Aiken, an emeritus professor of history, is an expert in 20th century American history with an emphasis in social and cultural history, women and labor. She has authored four books and is an active speaker throughout the Pacific Northwest.
“Both historians exemplify the power that a well-told story has to illuminate the past and inspire us in the present,” Kersting-Lark said. “They bring to life the tale of Idaho’s suffrage movement, which played out more than two decades before ratification of the 19th Amendment.”
The Seeking Suffrage Lecture Series is hosted by the Latah County Historical Society, Moscow League of Women’s Voters and U of I’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, Honors Program and Women’s Center, with support from the Idaho Humanities Council.
The final lecture, scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, will focus on the women’s suffrage movement in Latah County and will feature a panel of female elected officials.
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