Most Americans learn one, specific version of the history of woman suffrage: that a few bold, white women led a movement for equal voting rights and achieved victory 100 years ago, when the United States ratified the 19th Amendment. That, we’re told, enabled all American women to vote. But history is never as simple as the stories we tell about it. After that historic milestone, more women could cast a ballot than ever before, and yet the fight for women’s equal voting rights was, and still is, far from over.
Amended travels from the 1800's through to the present day to show us a quest for women’s full equality that has always been as diverse, complex and unfinished as the nation itself.
Our host is Laura Free, a historian of women and politics. She is joined by other groundbreaking scholars whose work broadens our understanding of the struggle for equal voting rights. Through vivid storytelling, they highlight some important but under-recognized women who fought injustice based on race, citizenship status, and class, in addition to advocating for the rights of their sex. Together, they’ll talk about what’s been gained, lost, and still left to be done.
Artwork by Simonair Yoho of Kafi Kafi Co.
Meet our Host
As a historian of voting rights, Dr. Free uses the power of her pen and her voice to confront suffrage history with honesty. Through Amended, she is committed to creating a platform for stories that were ignored and erased by typical suffrage histories. When she's not working on Amended, Dr. Free is Associate Professor of History at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, a member of the NYS Women's Suffrage Commission, and an author; her most recent book is Suffrage Reconstructed: Gender, Race and Voting Rights in the Civil War Era.
is a theater artist, playwright and living history performer. She is President, Executive Artistic Director of Sankofa African American Theatre Company in Harrisburg, PA and specializes in combining acting and historical studies to engage contemporary audiences as she portrays historically significant African-American women like Frances Ellen Watkins Harper; famed abolitionist, literary figure, and champion for women’s rights.
is Professor of History at Temple University. She is the founder and served as inaugural director of the Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Museum and the National Archives for Black Women’s History. With NEH's support, Dr. Collier-Thomas organized “Black Women: A Research Priority: The First National Scholarly Research Conference on Black Women in America” (1979). A specialist in social, cultural, and political history, Dr. Collier-Thomas’s research focuses on women and African Americans. She is the recipient of numerous awards, honors, grants and fellowships for her scholarship which includes the books Jesus, Jobs, and Justice (2010); Sisters in the Struggle (2001); and African American Women and the Vote (co-editor, 1997); In Politics to Stay’: A Political History of African American Women (Forthcoming, Beacon, 2021).
is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy. She is the author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All (2020); Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (2018), and All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture 1830-1900 (2007). Dr. Jones is also a public historian, frequently writing and speaking for broader audiences, and curating museum exhibitions.
is an associate professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University. She specializes in the history of gender, race, and American democracy—with an emphasis on memory and social movements. She is the author of the prize-winning book, The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898. A frequent commentator on the suffrage centennial, Dr. Tetrault also serves as an historical consultant for Nineteenth Amendment projects launched by the National Constitution Center, the Woodrow Wilson House, the Schlesinger Library, and Ancestry.com, as well as the documentary, “The Vote” ( PBS’s American Experience). She is currently at work on a genealogy of the Nineteenth Amendment.
is a historian who specializes in nineteenth century America, women’s history, the Underground Railroad, and historic preservation. She is the director of Historical New York Research Associates, professor emerita of history at SUNY Oswego, and former park historian at the Women’s Rights National Park in Seneca Falls, NY. Dr. Wellman is the editor of Landmarks of Oswego County, and author of Brooklyn’s Promised Land: The Free Black Community of Weeksville (NYU Press, 2012); and The Road to Seneca Falls: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the First Woman’s Rights Convention (2004).
Philip Lewis &
C Evan Stewart
Susan Strauss, Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Laura Free, Host & Writer
Reva Goldberg, Producer, Editor, & Co-Writer
Scarlett Rebman, Project Director
Kordell K. Hammond
Music by Michael John Hancock and Live Footage.