Journey Discussions: 19th Amendment
December 3, 2020 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
THURSDAY, DEC. 3 AT 6 PM
Virtual presentations are back with Journey Discussions! This Zoom presentation features a Q&A.
Join us for a discussion featuring Dr. Molly Rozum about the 19th Amendment and women's suffrage.
This is a free program, but there is limited registration space.
In the 1880s, well-known national suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage visited her children, who homesteaded in the state. While there, she lobbied for women's voting rights to be included in the state's original constitution.
Gage urged women, "Make known your wishes on this point. You have not been permitted to help make these laws which rob you of property and many other things more valuable. Many women are settling in Dakota. Unmarried women and widows in large numbers are taking up claims here, and their property is taxed to help support the government and the men who make these iniquitous laws."
When South Dakota women won suffrage rights at the polls in 1918, the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, Carrie Chapman Catt, said," The Lord be praised! South Dakota is out of the way."
Catt's remark makes sense when you understand that South Daktoa's male electorate voted on woman suffrage five times before success in 1918! Woman suffrage had been part of the territory and the state's politics for 50 years since 1868.
The presentation will provide background on woman suffrage but will focus on the passage of woman suffrage at the state level in 1918 as well as the state's ratification and general support of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Molly Rozum is the Ronald R. Nelson Chair of Great Plains and South Dakota history at the University of South Dakota. She is the co-editor of "Equality at the Ballot Box: Votes for Women on the Northern Great Plains," published in 2019 by the South Dakota Historical Society Press.
Rozum teaches South Dakota history, Great Plains history, and the history of the American West as well as various women's history courses. Her new book, "Grasslands Grown: Creating Place on the U.S. Northern Plains and Canadian Prairies" is due out from the University of Nebraska Press in the summer of 2021.
Rozum earned her bachelors at the University of Notre Dame and her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Molly grew up in Mitchell, South Dakota and taught at Doane College in Crete, Neb. for over a decade before returning to the state to teach at the University of South Dakota.