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Episode #1243
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April 8th, 2020
Women's Suffrage
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It's Women’s History Month, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and an election year. It's the ideal time to shed light on Helen Hamilton Gardener, a suffragist for the #MeToo era, who paved the way for women like RBG, HRC and AOC, as well as raising questions about racial inequality that reverberate today. Hailed as the “Harriett Beecher Stowe of Fallen Women,” Gardener is one of the least known pivotal female figures in US history. After being outed in Ohio newspapers for her affair with a married man, she changed her name, moved to a new city and became a famous reformer. Celebrated in her own time, but lost to history, ultimately, she was the “most potent factor” in getting the 19th Amendment through Congress and the highest-ranking woman in federal government. Professor Hamlin contributes to the “Made by History” series in the Washington Post and other popular media.
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