The Suffragists captures the power and passion of American women’s fight for the vote through song. Created by the acclaimed singer-songwriter Shaina Taub, the musical tells the story of the last decade of the struggle through the rivalry between Carrie Chapman Catt and Alice Paul. Fighting opposition from elected officials and indifference—if not outright hostility—from the general public, suffragists were also driven by internal conflicts over strategy and priorities. Not willing to wait any longer, militant suffragists took to the streets to make their demands known. Taub’s musical gives voice to these women in ways that powerfully resonate in today’s political landscape.
The concert will be followed by a multidisciplinary panel discussion.
Free and open to the public.
Jane Kamensky, Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Shaina Taub, composer and performer
Rabia Belt, assistant professor of law, Stanford Law School
Corinne T. Field, 2018–2019 Mellon-Schlesinger Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and assistant professor of women, gender & sexuality, University of Virginia
Carol Oja RI '17, William Powell Mason Professor of Music, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Susan Ware, Honorary Women's Suffrage Centennial Historian, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study