SUNDAY, AUG 9 • 11am west/2pm east


Woman Suffrage + Voting Rights Panel

“Celebrating Woman Suffrage + the Struggle for Voting Rights” is a live 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 Aida Hurtado, Luis Leal Endowed Chair, Associate Dean, and Professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. The event will be followed by a live Q&A inviting audience participation. 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!

The panel discussion and participation in the Q&A will be easily accessed here at 11am PDT. The countdown clock will click down to reveal a WATCH button. Instructions to participate in the Q&A are provided below. All events are recorded and available for viewing on demand after their premieres.

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 Countyare 

how to join q&a

  • The Q&A feature will appear alongside the video once the countdown clock expires.
  • If you would like to participate in the Q&A, exit full screen mode. If you do not wish to ask a question, you may remain in full screen mode.
  • In the right-hand box that says “Join to Participate,” click “Chat as a guest.”
  • Enter your name, check off the box to accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, then click the Join button. Alternatively, you can log in with your Vimeo or Facebook account.
  • On a mobile device or tablet, the “Join to Participate” option will appear underneath the video. Scroll down to the very bottom to “Chat as a guest.”
  • Once you have joined the chat, you’ll be invited to type your question in the box provided. Click the arrow to submit. You can also see others’ questions and vote for them, so our panelists can know which questions are the most popular.