2020 Research in the Capitol

Title

Base & Summit: American Women's Right on Either Side of the Passing of the 19th Amendment

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

The ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 --allowing women to vote in the United States--was a watershed moment in the history of women's rights, but what were the rights of women before this important amendment? My project compares the legal rights of women across the United States from 1900 to 1920 in three key areas: wages/industry, family law & divorce rights, and property law. Because I conducted this research project for the Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Girlhood Home and Museum, this analysis gives special consideration to Midwestern states--particularly Iowa women and property rights. My project sheds light on the momentum the suffrage movement possessed in spearheading equality among genders in the early twentieth-century Midwest. The Catt Museum is using my research to update their displays and programs to highlight connections between suffrage and other types of women’s rights in the early twentieth century.

Start Date

24-3-2020 11:00 AM

End Date

24-4-2020 2:30 PM

Event Host

University Honors Programs, Iowa Regent Universities

Faculty Advisor

Robert Martin

Department

Department of History

File Format

application/pdf

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Base & Summit: American Women's Right on Either Side of the Passing of the 19th Amendment

The ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 --allowing women to vote in the United States--was a watershed moment in the history of women's rights, but what were the rights of women before this important amendment? My project compares the legal rights of women across the United States from 1900 to 1920 in three key areas: wages/industry, family law & divorce rights, and property law. Because I conducted this research project for the Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Girlhood Home and Museum, this analysis gives special consideration to Midwestern states--particularly Iowa women and property rights. My project sheds light on the momentum the suffrage movement possessed in spearheading equality among genders in the early twentieth-century Midwest. The Catt Museum is using my research to update their displays and programs to highlight connections between suffrage and other types of women’s rights in the early twentieth century.