The Woodrow Wilson House continues our Women’s Suffrage Series, now in a virtual format, Tuesdays in June at 12:00pm Reservations for any of the free talks in the series “Why Wait? From Start to (Un)Finished: A Look Back at Women’s Suffrage History” are available on our website:


Why Wait? From Start to (Un)Finished:

A Look Back at Women’s Suffrage History

A Virtual Women’s Suffrage Series by the President Woodrow Wilson House

 Washington, DC (May 26, 2020)- “Why Wait? From Start to (Un)Finished; A Look Back at Suffrage History” Speaker Series returns – online! Join the Woodrow Wilson House every Tuesday in June at 12:00pm for a “Lunch and Learn” talk on Women’s Suffrage history via Zoom.  Notable women historians, curators, and leaders will explore varying aspects of the women’s suffrage movement and its relevance today. Speakers will delve into the movement’s origins, its radicalization during Woodrow Wilson’s presidency, and the role of race in the movement’s evolution.

FREE! (Registration required).


About the Speakers:

 June 2, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Kimberly A. Hamlin

“Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener”

Kimberly A. Hamlin, PhD is an award-winning historian, speaker, and writer. Her book, “Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener” (March 2020, W.W. Norton), reveals the fascinating story of the “fallen woman” who reinvented herself and became the “most potent factor” in Congressional passage of the 19th Amendment. In 1920, President Wilson appointed Gardener to the U.S. Civil Service Commission, making her the highest-ranking woman in federal government and a national symbol of what it meant, finally, for (white) women to be full citizens. As more women enter politics than ever before, Dr. Hamlin recovers the wildly entertaining and illuminating life of a brilliant, effective woman—all but forgotten—who paved the way.

June 9, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Angela P. Dodson

“Remembering the Ladies: Celebrating those who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box”

An accomplished journalist and author, Dodson became the first African American woman promoted to be a Senior Editor at the New York Times. Currently a contributing editor for “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education,” Dodson focuses closely on women’s fight to gain the vote. In “Remembering the Ladies,” Dodson has compiled a rich history of the roles women have played in politics, from America’s beginnings through the 2016 presidential election.

June 16, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Rebecca Boggs Roberts

“Suffragists in Washington, DC: The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote”

In 1913, suffragists planned a massive march to coincide with the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson. Ms. Boggs-Roberts will speak about this turning point in the fight to win the vote, which finally succeeded in 1920.  Rebecca Boggs Roberts, journalist, tour guide, and former radio talk show host, is currently the Curator of Programming for Planet Word, a museum set to open in 2020.

 June 23, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Tina Cassidy

“Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? : Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote”

Journalist and author Tina Cassidy writes about women and culture. In addition to “Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson and the Fight for the Right to Vote,” she is the author of “Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born”; and “Jackie After O: One Remarkable Year When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Defied Expectations and Rediscovered Her Dreams.” A former journalist who spent most of her career at the Boston Globe covering business, fashion and politics, she is the Chief Marketing Officer of WGBH and serves on the board of The Conversation US.

 June 30, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Dr. Erin D. Chapman:

“Black Women, Suffrage and Citizenship”

Dr. Erin D. Chapman, an Associate Professor of History at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., is a scholar of race and sexuality in U.S. culture and an historian of gender politics and radicalism in the 20th century black freedom movement. Her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Dr. Chapman is the author of “Prove It On Me: New Negroes, Sex and Popular Culture in the 1920s.”

About the Woodrow Wilson House

The President Woodrow Wilson House, a National Trust Historic Site designed by Waddy B. Wood in 1915, gives a special glimpse into the private life of Woodrow Wilson while examining the impact of his consequential presidency on present and future generations.  On display are important materials from Wilson’s presidency; objects from the White House; elaborate gifts of state from around the world; family items and personal objects.  The house is a living textbook of “modern” American life in the 1920’s – from silent films to flapper dresses and zinc sinks.

This program is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Campaign for Where Women Made History.  The National Trust and its supporters are making a significant, multi-year commitment to elevate the stories of women and their contributions as leaders, innovators, and groundbreakers throughout the course of American history. The Woodrow Wilson House is a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded, non-profit corporation, helping people protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them.