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History Happy Hour: The Suffragists and the White House

History Happy Hour is a weekly virtual program hosted by the White House Historical Association. Join us as experts weigh in on a variety of historical topics, share their insights, answer audience questions, and enjoy presidential-inspired libations.

On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment became part of the United States Constitution, preventing voting discrimination on the basis of sex. The social movement that led to the largest expansion in voting rights in United States history lasted over 70 years. The suffragists brought their cause to the White House for decades, yet faced opposition by every occupant. This is the inspiring story of how women demanded full rights as citizens through protest, imprisonment, and perseverance.

Leading the discussion will be Senior Vice President and Director of the David M. Rubenstein Center for White House History at the White House Historical Association Dr. Colleen Shogan. Dr. Shogan is the Vice Chair of the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission, and an Adjunct Professor of Government at Georgetown.