Reflections on the 19th Amendment

By, Briauna Benson

GLASSBORO, N.J- On September 25th from 11:00am-12:15pm, I attended the Student Center Ballroom, Rowan University held a panel that consist of experts on Women’s & Gender Studies Program and the Department of History. This was about appreciating and celebrating women given the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th amendment and how the suffrage movement impacted women in New Jersey.

Suffrage Envoys from San Francisco greeted in NJ (Library of Congress)

The 19th amendment is what allows women the right to vote.

It started off with how the panel was going to be organized. It was presented by Melissa R. Klapper.

The first panelist to speak was William D. Carringan (History Professor).

Bill Carrigan

He spoke on:

Smith Connelly Act

New Jersey allowed only widowed women to vote: In 1797, New Jersey was known for letting women vote if they were widowed or owned property. This was put to an end in 1807.

Alice Paul(1885-1977, Mt.Laurel NJ): American Woman suffrage leader who first proposed an equal rights amendment for the US Constitution. She co-founded the Congressional Union and formed the National women’s party in 1916. She is a contribution to the passage of the 19th amendment.

Today in Herstory: Suffragist Alice Paul Kept in Hospital ...

The second panelist was Dr, Danielle Gougon (Political Science & Economics).


She spoke on:

The statistics of the gender gap with voting and political affiliation

Women’s impact on politics.

How women’s participation illuminates male dominant institutions

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”fr” dir=”ltr”>Dr, Danielle Gougon interview for womens suffrage panel<br>pt1 <a href=””></a></p>&mdash; Ohsnapitsbri (@briaben97) <a href=””>October 1, 2019</a></blockquote>


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Dr. Julie Haynes(Communication Studies):

Talked about rhetorical criticism



Dr. Chanelle Rose(History Professor):

Chanelle Rose

Some white women suffrages challenged the 15th amendment

Fredrick Douglass (1818-1895) Talbot County Maryland: A leading spokesperson for the abolition of slavery and racial equality.

Francis Harper (1825-1911) Born in Baltimore, Maryland:

A black female poet, friction writer, journalist, and activist. She taught for two years in Ohio and Pennsylvania then took on a career as a traveling speaker on the abolitionist circuit. She helped slaves escape through the Underground Railroad and wrote anti-slavery newspapers, earning a reputation as the mother of African American journalism.

How racism was the reason a few black female suffrages joined white ones

How black women fought racism during the suffrage


At the end of the panel the panelist decided to answer questions from the audience.


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