Suffrage at 100: Women and American Politics Since 1920
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Call for 500-word Proposals: DUE September 15, 2018

Editors: Stacie Taranto and Leandra Zarnow

Collection Overview As the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment approaches, women are seemingly at a crossroads in American politics. More women candidates have come forward than in any other period on record, spurred in part by the historic Women’s March in 2017 and mobilization around #blacklivesmatter, #metoo, and #timesup, the latter with its own legal defense fund. In all this expectant fervor, Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics, has cautioned, “We are not going to see, in one cycle, an end to the underrepresentation of women in American politics that we’ve seen for 250 years....This is a marathon, not a sprint.”

This collection will map out the last 100 years of this lengthy struggle to recognize, appreciate, and cultivate women’s civic engagement since the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Our purpose is not celebratory. Instead, we seek to trace the uneven road to suffrage and public office women of different backgrounds and means experienced after 1920. We also intend to expose the institutional barriers and masculinist conceptions of leadership that women in politics have faced and continue to tackle. Women have exhibited considerable democratic imagination within and outside the traditional channels of electoral politics.

Melding gender, social, cultural, and political history, this collection seeks to capture examples of women acting together and on their own within and outside electoral and governmental channels to claim a political presence, enlist state action, and create alternative services and solutions. In doing so, we use this historic centennial to make visible the determined presence of women in politics since 1920, while also calling attention to the ways these women have and continue to be written out of history.

Submission Guidelines We welcome new articles (8,000 to 10,000 words including notes) broadly addressing women and American politics since 1920. We also welcome related historiographic essays and interpretive analysis accompanying relevant primary source document(s). We hope to fully cover 1920-2020, dividing the collection into themes: women at the ballot box; women who run; women who lead; women redefining politics; women in political history; and the Nineteenth Amendment as a milestone.

Article abstracts of 500 words and a CV can be sent by September 15, 2018 to: Stacie at or Leandra at We also welcome questions and comments at those email addresses. Applicants will be notified by November 1, 2018. The due date for polished drafts will be May 1, 2019.

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