This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the constitutional right to vote. To commemorate the anniversary, noted historian Ellen Carol DuBois is joining the show to discuss her new book, Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle For the Vote.
DuBois cultivated a passion for the women’s liberation movement as a PhD student at Northwestern, where she worked with the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union. She turned that into a research interest, teaching at both the University of Buffalo and UCLA. Students of women’s history might recognize her as the coauthor of one of their textbooks, Through Women’s Eyes: An American History with Documents. A pioneer in her field, DuBois retired from UCLA in 2017.
Her latest book looks into the efforts of suffragists like Ida B. Wells-Barnett, who advocated for their right to vote as black women even as white suffragists.
DuBois also follows women who ran for office following the passing of the 19th Amendment. Many advocated for issues like the outlawing of child labor, ensuring maternal health, and greater equality for women.
DuBois has written six other books about the history of women’s suffrage, and is a distinguished research professor in the History Department of UCLA.
Ellen Carol Dubois, Distinguished Research Professor in the UCLA History Department. She is the author of numerous books, including “Suffrage: Women's Long Battle for the Vote” (Simon & Schuster, 2020)