Native American Women and The Right to Vote

Native American Women and The Right to Vote

On Thursday, November 14, 2019, Dr. Cathleen D. Cahill will join LancasterHistory to offer a more diverse view of the history of women’s suffrage. For event details and how to register, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

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Dr. Cathleen Cahill will draw on extensive primary research to discuss how Native people were central to the vibrant conversations about U.S. citizenship and woman suffrage in the Progressive Era. From that angle, we will see a more inclusive story of Indigenous feminists who marched in parades calling for suffrage and sovereignty, Native men active in national political parties, and backlash against Native political participation.

Cathleen D. Cahill, Ph.D. teaches at Penn State University. She is the author of Federal Fathers and Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869–1932 (2011), which won the Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award and was a finalist for the David J. Weber and Bill Clements Book Prize. Cahill is a social historian who explores the everyday experiences of ordinary people, primarily women. She is currently engaged in two book projects. Joining the Parade: Women of Color Challenge the Mainstream Suffrage Movement follows the lead of feminist scholars of color calling for alternative “genealogies of feminism,” using individual biographies to explore the activism of African American, indigenous, Chinese American, and Hispana women before and after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Indians on the Road: Gender, Race, and Regional Identity reimagines the West Coast through the lens of indigenous people’s relationships with the transportation systems that bisected their lands, forming corridors of conquest and environmental change while simultaneously connecting them in new and sometimes-empowering ways to other people and places.


A casual reception and book signing by the author will begin at 4pm on Thursday, November 14 at LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster. The main presentation will begin at 4:30pm in Ryder Hall.

The program is free and open to the public but requires advance registration to guarantee a seat at the presentation. Register online by clicking “Buy Tickets” below or by calling (717) 392-4633. Questions and accessibility requests may be directed to or (717) 392-4633. Ticketholders should bring a paper printout of their tickets or be able to display their tickets on a cellphone or other internet-enabled device to check-in to the lecture.

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Book Signing Lecture Reception

November 14, 2019 Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Avenue Reception & Book Signing 4pm | Presentation 4:30pm FREE | Registration Required To Guarantee Seat