To recognize the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, the SNF Agora Institute will host a virtual conference that will explore the multiple ways women have—historically and today—used voting, legislating, and other forms of civic engagement to shape our democracy.
We will be announcing more speakers soon!
Thursday, September 17, noon
Women Leading the Fight for Civil Rights: A Conversation with Martha Jones and Hahrie Han
Women regularly outpace men in voter registration and election turnout, giving them an edge at the polls and a loud voice in electoral politics. But even before they had the right to vote, women—including women of color—played a vital role in shaping our democracy. And they continue to do so today, using other forms of civic engagement to effect large-scale social change-from suffragists and civil rights activists fighting for equal rights, to women journalists exposing abuse and corruption. This conversation, with Martha Jones, author of the new book Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All, and SNF Agora Institute Director Hahrie Han, will explore the many ways that women past and present have used their voices-through writing, agitating, and organizing-to profoundly influence our democracy.
Friday, September 18, times TBA
Women Working Across the Aisle
One necessity of a functioning democracy is the ability for people—citizens, elected officials, and other leaders alike—to talk and work across divides. Women leaders, in turns out, have a history of intentionally reaching out and creating bonds with their female colleagues. This panel will explore the unique perspective women bring to leadership positions, including in how they craft policy, how they create environments where other women can succeed, and how women working together may help to heal our current political divides.
Women Working Across the Atlantic
Despite some high-profile exceptions, including three female secretaries of state, women have historically been underrepresented in U.S. foreign policy and national security. In this discussion, women who have served in high-level roles will share their experiences working to ensure U.S. safety and to foster democracy around the world; the specific role they have played in protecting and promoting women’s rights internationally; and why it’s so important to include women in our country’s efforts abroad.
On Saturday, we will host a series of webinar trainings on issues relevant to civic engagement. Check back for more information!