And Nothing Less: Episode 1

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To understand what the suffragists were up against, we have to look at why men -- and even some other women -- didn't want women to have the right to vote at all.

Hosts: Rosario Dawson and Retta


  • Martha Jones, professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and the author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All
  • Elaine Weiss author of The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote
  • Allison Lange, professor of History at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, consultant to the WSCC

Listener Companion from the National Park Service

Find out more about the people, places, and stories from Episode One.


  • Portrait of Susan B. Anthony, c. 1855. Public Domain
    Susan B. Anthony

    Susan B. Anthony was a suffragist, abolitionist, and activist for women's rights.

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    One of the driving forces behind the First Women's Rights Convention in 1848

  • Frederick Douglass by Samuel_J_Miller, 1847-52 Art Institute of Chicago
    Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass, formerly enslaved, was an abolitionist, suffragist, publisher, and author.

  • Portrait of Harry T. Burn from the Tennessee Virtual Archives
    Harry T. Burn

    If it wasn't for Harry T. Burn and his mother, the 19th Amendment would not have been ratified in Tennessee, and possibly failed altogether.

  • Portrait of Jane Addams. Library of Congress
    Jane Addams

    Jane Addams was a suffragist, social activist, and author.

  • portrait of Lucy Stone from the Library of Congress
    Lucy Stone

    Lucy Stone worked to end slavery and argue for the rights of women. She founded the American Woman Suffrage Association.




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Listen to Retta and Rosario discuss what they learned in school about women's suffrage. (Open captioned)

About the Podcast

And Nothing Less was envisioned by WSCC Executive Director Anna Laymon, with support from Communications Director Kelsey Millay. Executive Producer: Genevieve Sponsler. Producer and Audio Engineer: Samantha Gattsek. Writer and Producer: Robin Linn. Original Music: Erica Huang. Additional Support: Ray Pang, Jocelyn Gonzales, Jason Saldanha, John Barth. Marketing Support: Ma’ayan Plaut, Dave Cotrone, Anissa Pierre. Booker: Amy Walsh. Logo: Stephanie Marsellos.

Original Airdate: August 5, 2020

Last updated: October 5, 2020


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