A Conversation with Dr. Cathleen Cahill in honor of Women’s History Month
Tuesday, March 16th, 2021
In this episode of Conversations over Cafecito, we meet with Dr. Cathleen D. Cahill, Associate Professor of History at Penn State to discuss her book, Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ll learn about the role of women of color in achieving suffrage and what it means today for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which states, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
Dr. Cathleen D. Cahill is a social historian who explores the everyday experiences of ordinary people, primarily women. She focuses on women’s working and political lives, asking how identities such as race, nationality, class, and age have shaped them. She is also interested in the connections generated by women’s movements for work, play, and politics. Her second book, 2020’s “Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement” is a collective biography of six suffragists of color–both before and after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Thank you Dr. Cahill for spending time with us!
What to learn more? Check out this reading list provided by Dr. Cahill:
Dr. Cahill’s Books
- Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement
- Federal Fathers & Mothers: A Social History of the US Indian Service, 1869-1933
- How Black Women Broke Barriers and Won the Vote, Martha Jones, Vanguard
- Mexican American Civil Rights Activist and Texas Feminist, Cynthia Orozco, Agent for Change: Adela Sloss-Vento,
- Feminism for the Americas, Katherine Marino
- Representation with a Hyphen; Latinas in the Fight for Women’s Suffrage, Digital Exhibit by the National Women’s History Museum
- On Their Shoulders: The Radical Stories of Women’s Fight for the Vote