November 12, 2020

Partial Victories, All! Lecture featuring Robyn Muncy

Robyn Muncy, Professor of History at the University of Maryland, will be speaking on “Partial Victories, All: American Women and the Vote.” The event is part of a series of fall 2020 activities at Vassar commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

Robyn Muncy is Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she has taught US women’s history, the history of progressive reform, and twentieth-century U.S. history since 1990. She earned a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Northwestern University in 1987. She has served as Interim Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Labor and Working-Class History Association. She is a contributing editor of Labor: Studies in Working-Class History, and she is co-curating an exhibit on the struggle for women’s suffrage at the National Archives in Washington, DC. She is also on the advisory committee for the National Votes for Women Trail, a project sponsoring historical markers in all 50 states, commemorating the long and diverse history of American women’s struggle for the franchise.

Sponsored by the History Department C. Mildred Thompson Fund, The Library Hartmann Fund, The President’s Office, Women’s Studies, Africana Studies and American Studies.

September 26, 2020

Votes for Women

In recognition of the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, Vassar is eager to uncover and discover voices missing from conversations about voting rights and racial equality. In so doing, we seek to shed light on current events of the day. As President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), Sherrilyn Ifill has increased the visibility and engagement of the organization in cutting-edge and urgent civil rights issues, while maintaining the organization’s decades-long leadership fighting voter suppression, inequity in education, and police brutality and misconduct. Her forceful and fact-based analysis of complex issues of racial justice has made her a sought-after speaker and strategist whose counsel is sought by government officials, civic and community leaders, and national civil rights colleagues.

Please join President Elizabeth Bradley in welcoming Sherrilyn Ifill ’84 to speak to our community. The forum also will feature these faculty members:

Miriam Cohen, Professor of History on the Evalyn Clark Chair (speaking on Vassar and the historical context)

Taneisha N. Means, Assistant Professor of Political Science on the Class of 1951 Chair (reflecting on Sherrilyn’s talk and referencing her own current research)