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Moments of Change: A Century of Women’s Activism

For the second time, the College of the Liberal Arts chose a theme around which it planned courses, lectures, presentations, and events. Through the 2020 calendar year, the college’s theme was Moments of Change: A Century of Women’s Activism, which examined the impact of the past century of women’s activism. The college hosted events that looked at moments throughout the last century involving women’s activism across numerous ethnicities, races, genders, and sexual orientations. 

A Century of Women’s Activism was inspired by the centennial of the adoption of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. The women’s suffrage movement worked for decades toward equality for women and the right to vote. Their activism led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment on Aug. 18, 1920, which constitutionally guaranteed women could not be denied the right to vote based on sex.

“The college-wide theme provides an opportunity not only to reflect on the transformative role that women’s activism has had in changing their status, and society more generally,” said Clarence Lang, Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts. “It also encourages us to take critical stock of the contemporary challenges of building gender equity—particularly when we understand that ‘women’s issues’ are multiple, simultaneous, and diverse.”

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