Women’s Suffrage Centennial – The Intersection of Suffrage and Freethought


Featuring: Judith Wellman, Susan Goodier, Tom Flynn · At: CFI Insider ·

One hundred years ago, women across the United States finally won the right to vote after decades of activism and struggle. The role of freethought and religious skepticism in that struggle has been whitewashed out of the history of women’s suffrage, when in fact secularism was a driving force as primary obstacle of suffragists was religion. Opponents of equality cited scripture and dogma to make the case for women’s second-class status.

This Wednesday, August 26, at 7pm ET—the centennial of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment—join historians Judith Wellman and Susan Goodier with CFI’s Tom Flynn, Editor of Free Inquiry magazine and director of the Freethought Trail, for the next live CFI INSIDER online event: a conversation about the intersection of freethought and women’s suffrage.

Judith Wellman, Ph.D., is Principal Investigator, Historical New York Research Associates, and Professor Emerita, State University of New York at Oswego. She has more than 40 years of experience in research, teaching, cultural resource surveys, and grants administration in U.S. history, women’s history, Underground Railroad history, African American communities, and historic preservation.

Susan Goodier is an Assistant Professor of History at SUNY Oneonta. She studies women’s activism, particularly woman suffrage activism, from 1840 to 1920. She earned a master’s degree in Gender History, a doctorate in Public Policy History, with subfields in International Gender and Culture and Black Women’s Studies, and a Women’s Studies master’s degree, all from the University at Albany. At SUNY Oneonta she teaches courses in Women’s History, New York State History, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and Progressivism.

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