Women's suffrage movement highlighted in upcoming forum

Mount Mercy’s Assistant Professor of History Allison McNeese will deliver a special forum titled “Jailed for Freedom: The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage,” on Tuesday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. as part of Mount Mercy’s Race and Gender Speaker Series. The forum, held in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall, is free and open to the public.

Many people don’t realize that American women risked jail – and were actually imprisoned – in the fight to win the right to vote. From Susan B. Anthony in 1872 to Alice Paul in 1917, female citizens who did not own full citizenship rights were frequently treated as common criminals in their quest for equality.  Join us as McNeese offers a glimpse into the struggle that changed women’s lives forever.

McNeese holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi, and is currently working toward the completion of a Ph.D. at the University of Iowa.  Her academic specialties include Colonial and Revolutionary America, Twentieth Century America, Latin America, American History of Race and Gender, and the Holocaust.

McNeese has received two Outstanding Teaching Awards, one from Mount Mercy College and one from Kirkwood Community College. She has worked with Humanities Iowa to write and develop new projects designed for reading discussion groups in Iowa public libraries. She had the unique experience of meeting one-on-one with Malcolm X’s widow, Betty Shabazz, as well as other nationally known speakers who have visited the Mount Mercy Campus.

 Mount Mercy’s Race and Gender Speaker Series provides the campus and surrounding community with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of global trends by providing lectures, scholarship and presentations on race, gender, minorities, and cultural differences. The series, offered every other year at Mount Mercy, offers new perspectives on issues that affect our community and world, both past and present.


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