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These extraordinary women pushed
society to think bigger, change unfair norms and regulations, overcome
barriers, break glass ceilings, and move forward.
This year’s Film Series focuses on women’s political power and what
it takes to achieve it. Each film is followed by a guest speaker, who
will discuss the film in the context of women’s social-justice advocacy,
democratic processes, and laws which advance women’s political access
nationally and worldwide.
Part of the OUR VOTE:
History. Advocacy. Justice initiative currently taking place across the
University of Delaware campus—commemorating the impact of suffrage and
the fight to break down the barriers of access to political power.
Mondays, February 24 to March 23, 2020
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
004 Kirkbride Hall
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and UnbossedIn 1968, Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm became the
first African-American congresswoman. Four years later, she became the
first black woman to seek a major party’s nomination for the U.S.
Followed by guest speaker Cheryl Hicks, UD Departments of Africana Studies and History
Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vielela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin had no
political background or corporate money, but in 2018 they all
challenged powerful male incumbents in Congress. Running together, as
part of a rising movement, four ordinary women found the courage to do
Followed by guest speaker Elizabeth “Tizzy” Lockman, Delaware State Senate District 3
thousand politically engaged people gathered in Houston, Texas in 1977
for the first federally funded National Women’s Conference to seek equal
rights for women. Resolutions on everything from race and sex
discrimination and lesbian rights to abortion were debated and voted on
over four feverish days.
Followed by guest speaker Erin Cassese, UD Department of Political Science & International Relations
of Arab women who were tireless advocates and activists for reform in
their countries. Sharing a common goal of advancing gender equality and
women’s rights, they persisted despite numerous social, cultural, and
Followed by guest speaker They Dared
filmmaker May Rihani, George and Lisa Zakhem Khalil Gibran Chair for
Values and Peace, University of Maryland
skeptics who said she didn’t have the education to govern and the power
of corporate interests who took a stand against her fight for a
$15/hourly wage in the city, Carmen Castillo, a Dominican hotel
housekeeper, ran for city council of Providence, R.I. She had to manage
her day job cleaning hotel rooms while advocating for low-income
Followed by guest speaker Madinah Wilson, Policy Analyst at the Biden Institute and candidate for Delaware State Representative
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