Allison K. Lange: Images and the Fight for Women’s Voting Rights in the US

Humanities Forum

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 4:00 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Images and the Fight for Women’s Voting Rights in the US
Allison K. Lange, Assistant Professor of History, Wentworth Institute of Technology

For as long as women have battled for equitable political representation in America, those battles have been defined by images—whether illustrations, engravings, photographs, or colorful chromolithograph posters. Some of these pictures have been flattering, many have been condescending, and others downright incendiary. They have drawn upon prevailing cultural ideas of women’s perceived roles and abilities and often have been circulated with pointedly political objectives. In this 100th year of the 19th Amendment, Allison K. Lange explores how suffragists pioneered one of the first extensive visual campaigns in modern American history and how pictures, from early engravings and photographs to colorful posters, proved central to suffragists’ efforts to change expectations for women, fighting back against the accepted norms of their times.

A reception will follow the program.

Allison K. Lange is an Assistant Professor of History at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Lange has worked with the National Women’s History Museum and curated exhibitions for the Boston Public Library’s Leventhal Map Center. In preparation for the 2020 centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, she is curating exhibitions at the Massachusetts Historical Society and Harvard’s Schlesinger Library. Her writing has appeared in ImprintThe Atlantic, and The Washington Post. Lange’s book, Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women’s Suffrage Movement, will be published in May 2020 by the University of Chicago Press.

Admission to the program and reception are free and open to the public.


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UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, paid visitor parking is the Walker Garage, adjacent to the Library.

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Photo courtesy of the speaker.

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