Woman Suffrage + Voting Rights Panel

“Celebrating Woman Suffrage + the Struggle for Voting Rights” is a panel discussion examining the complex history of enfranchisement in the United States and its relevance to the ongoing anti-racist struggle against voter suppression. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment and stand at the threshold of a presidential election, we gather a dynamic group of speakers to illuminate the history and discuss the present challenges. Included are Gail Pellerin, Santa Cruz County Clerk/Registrar of Voters, as our moderator; with presentations by Judge Marla Anderson, Judge of the Superior Court of California, Monterey County; Bettina Aptheker, scholar-activist and Distinguished Professor Emerita of the Feminist Studies Department at University California Santa Cruz; and Professor Aída Hurtado, Luis Leal Endowed Chair, Associate Dean, and Professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Following, at 5pm PDT, the Festival will present the orchestral world premiere of The Battle for the Ballot by composer Stacy Garrop, inspired by the centenary of the 19th amendment and pivotal figures in the Woman Suffrage movement. You won’t want to miss it!

Never has the issue of voting rights been more relevant or our responsibilities as U.S. citizens been more vital. To learn more about voting rights, Bookshop Santa Cruz has compiled an adult and children’s reading list which you can find here to order online or for curbside pick up. To register to vote in California visit here.

This event is sponsored by: Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, The Humanities Institute at UCSC, Baskin Foundation UC Presidential Chair for Feminist Studies, and Bookshop Santa Cruz

Co-Sponsors: NAACPTemple Beth El and Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County