Ballot Blocked Podcast

Welcome to the podcast Ballot Blocked. In this five-part series, we talk to historians and scholars to learn about women’s path to the ballot, from the period of the Civil War, through the women’s suffrage movement, the Civil Rights movement, and into the 21st century. It is a story of courage and perseverance, of disappointments and hard won victories. Some of the people you will hear about are well known, their names on monuments and memorials. Others may have received less recognition, but their achievements are no less impressive.

The history of voting rights isn’t a progressive or linear narrative. Passing legislation is only one step along the way to the ballot box. The laws have to be enforced and that takes organizing and struggle. One hundred years after the 19th amendment barred states from denying the vote based on sex, the fight for social, economic, and political equality continues. Ballot Blocked explores how we got here and asks where we might be going next when it comes to voting rights.

Image of Camp William Penn in Philadelphia c. 1864
Service, Suffrage, and Citizenship

Learn about the service and sacrifices of African American families during the Civil War. Listen now.

Seated image of Mary Church Terrell
Transnational Activism

Learn about the international organizing of African American women, like Mary Church Terrell, at the turn of the 20th century. Listen now.

Interior view of Belmont Paul Women's Equality National Monument
Memory and Commemoration

Learn about the struggle for equity within the women's suffrage movement. Listen now.

Margaret Hinchey speaking at a suffrage rally
The Radicalism of Irish American Women

Learn how Irish American women led strikes, organized for Irish independence, and spoke out in favor of women's suffrage. Listen now.

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Mexican American Voting Rights

After World War II, Mexican Americans in Washington State organized to challenge voter suppression. Listen now.

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Dig Deeper

Explore the struggle for women's voting rights with additional materials and resources.

Last updated: October 13, 2021


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