Saturday Symposium--Our Vote: Suffragist Saturday

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The College of Arts and Sciences invites you to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote! This interdisciplinary program will examine the courageous fight to win the right to vote in public elections. We’ll look at the suffrage movement in Delaware and beyond, African American women and the vote, and the culture that surrounded the crusade.


The day’s events include:

  • Anne Boylan, University of Delaware professor emerita of history, speaking on the suffrage movement in Delaware
  • Margaret Stetz, University of Delaware, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies, discussing theatre and spectacle in the suffrage campaign
  • Carol Scott, UD student, Africana Studies and Spanish, will speak on her research into suffragist Blanche Williams Stubbs and African American women’s suffrage
  • Introduction to “Votes for Delaware Women: A Centennial Exhibit,” a virtual exhibit of the Special Collections Gallery of Morris Library

Free and open to the public.


In cooperation with University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press




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Anne M. Boylan is Professor Emerita of History and Women and Gender Studies at UD. A social historian of the United States, she is the author of scholarly articles and four books: Sunday School: The Formation of An American Institution, 1790-1880 (Yale University Press 1988); The Origins of Women’s Activism: New York and Boston, 1797-1840 (University of North Carolina Press 2002); Women’s Rights in the United States: A History in Documents (Oxford University Press 2016); and Votes for Delaware Women (forthcoming from the University of Delaware Press).  Boylan has been the recipient of fellowships and grants from, among others, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. She was recently inducted into the Society of American Historians. She served as a consulting historian for the Congressional Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and state coordinator for the Delaware suffragists included in the online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States

She was the guest curator for the UD Library’s Special Collections exhibit “Votes for Delaware Women,”


Margaret D. Stetz is the Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and Professor of Humanities at the University of Delaware. She received her BA (summa cum laude) from Queens College, the City University of New York; her MA from the University of Sussex, UK; and a second MA, as well as her PhD, from Harvard University. Before joining the UD faculty in 2002, she taught at the University of Virginia and at Georgetown University. Her teaching interests include women and material culture, women's representations of war, women's comedy, and late-Victorian feminism. As well as being author of books such as British Women's Comic Fiction, 1890-1990 and Facing the Late Victorians, and co-editor of volumes such as Legacies of the Comfort Women of WWII and Michael Field and Their World, she has published more than 100 essays, which have appeared in journals ranging from Victorian Studies to the Journal of Human Rights Practice. Among her recent essays (published in 2018) are "Neo-Victorian Laughter: A Genealogy" in the Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies, UK; "Re-embodying Ida B. Wells: A Figure of Resistance in American Popular Culture" in Americana: Journal of American Popular Culture; and "The Other Love That Dared Not Speak Its Name: Wilde's Jewish 'Fans' in World War II-Era Cinema" in the edited volume Wilde's Other Worlds (Routledge). She has been curator or co-curator of thirteen major exhibitions on gender, visual arts, literature, and print culture and has delivered many invited guest lectures at universities around the world. She is also a member of the editorial boards of a number of journals, such as Victorian Literature and Culture; Victorian Periodicals ReviewPapers on Language and Literature; and Nineteenth-Century Studies, along with the editorial boards of several scholarly monograph series, such as the "Gender and Genre" series (Routledge) and "Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture" (Palgrave Macmillan). In 2015, she was named by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine to its list of the top 25 women in higher education. In spring 2017, she was a recipient of a Korea Foundation fellowship, selected by the Republic of Korea's Foreign Ministry to represent the United States as a "distinguished academic" and to visit Seoul for the purpose of cultural and educational exchange.


Carol A. Scott, the retired senior associate director of the New Jersey State School Boards Association, is an undergraduate student at the University of Delaware majoring in Africana studies and Spanish.

In her first year at UD, she took a class on Pan Africanism taught by Wunyabari Maloba, professor of Africana studies and of history, and, she says, “hungered to know more about Africa’s and the Diaspora’s placement in history.”

Later, she assisted Anne Boylan, professor emerita of history, in a project to research the work and contributions of black women in Delaware. Scott’s paper about suffragist and activist Blanche Williams Stubbs was selected from some 65 submissions nominating individuals for inclusion in the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame. At its 38th annual induction ceremony in October, the Hall of Fame inducted Stubbs as its first posthumous honoree.

Scott’s research is also included in the national Biographical Database of Black Woman Suffragists.



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Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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Robert Ehrlich left a positive review 11/20/2020

I covered aspects of the suffrage movement that were little known to me. I liked the deep coverage of Delaware's involvement or non-involvement and was glad it did not ignore the women who opposed suffrage.

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