Winning the Vote – The Woman’s Bible and Suffrage

About the Event

It was only a century ago women were granted the right to vote in the United States.

It was a hard-fought battle, with opposition from many, including clergymen who often quoted the Bible to justify women’s subservient status. Join Museum of the Bible in a discussion about The Woman’s Bible, a biblical commentary written by suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others. This best seller sparked outrage with its reprinted biblical passages related to women along with commentaries that asserted the equality of men and women.

Reserve your seat for a special program with a distinguished panel as they cover topics relating to The Woman’s Bible and women’s right to vote.

Event Details

August 13, 2020

6:30-8:00 p.m.

$10 or $5 for members and students with valid ID

This event will be held virtually using Zoom


Dr. Kate Clarke Lemay

Kate Clarke Lemay is a historian at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery where she curated Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence and authored its catalog. She earned a dual PhD in art history and American studies from Indiana University, Bloomington. The research for her book Triumph of the Dead: American WWII Cemeteries, Monuments and Diplomacy in France was supported by an IIE Fulbright Award to France, a Smithsonian American Art Predoctoral Grant, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s scholarly center. She was the founding director of PORTAL, the National Portrait Gallery’s Scholarly Center, as well as the founding co-coordinating curator of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is professor of history and director of women's & gender studies at Rowan University. She is the author of Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU, 2013), which won the National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants and lectures frequently in academic, community, and public venues. Her most recent book is Ballet Class: An American History (Oxford, 2020).

Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce

Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce is professor and dean of the Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC, the first woman to serve in the role. She is a scholar of African American religious history; womanist theology; and race & religion, and an alumna of Princeton University and Cornell University. Previously she served as the founding director of the Center for the Study of African American Religious Life at the National Museum of African American History & Culture and the founder of the Black Church Studies Program at Princeton Theological Seminary. A widely published author, Pierce is a native New Yorker, mentor, community activist, board member of a foster care agency, and cable news commentator.

Professor Kathi Kern

Professor Kathi Kern earned a PhD in American history at the University of Pennsylvania where she was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities and a winner of the dean's award for distinguished teaching. Since 1989, she has been a member of the History Department at the University of Kentucky as well as an affiliated member of the Gender and Women's Studies Program. At UK, she has won the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Alumni Great Teacher Award and the College of Education’s “Teachers Who Make a Difference” Award. Professor Kern's research concerns gender, religion and the women's rights movement in 19th-century America.

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