How Art and Motherhood Won the Vote for Women

Thursday, January 14, 2021

with Bridget Quinn

From the beginning, those opposed to women’s suffrage pointed to mothers as the reason why women should never vote. But deploying the art of motherhood proved one of the most powerful weapons in the suffragist arsenal. Author and art historian Bridget Quinn will describe an astonishing, artful struggle where, from Sacajawea to the paintings of Mary Cassatt to the final vote for ratification of the 19th Amendment, motherhood itself helped win the vote for women.

The Four Arts is putting a “Spotlight on History” this season. The series, featuring prominent female historians, is made possible thanks to the generosity of Bo and Anna Polk.


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