1920 – 2020: How We Took the Vote – A Conversation about Suffrage and Strategies


The Battle of Homestead Foundation and League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and Greater Pittsburgh proudly present a free evening of conversation for viewers of the PBS film The Vote, featuring commentaries by Dr. Jacqueline Cavalier, Professor of History, CCAC and Battle of Homestead Foundation Board of Directors and Dr. Ebony English, Endowed Professor of Teaching and Learning and Professor of Social Work, CCAC. Concluding statements by Ms. Eileen Olmsted, Communications Director, League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania.

The award-winning PBS film “The Vote” details the historic campaign waged by American women for the right to vote — and connects the strategies used by the early 1900s women’s suffrage movement with today’s voting rights challenges.


“1920-2020: How We Took the Vote, A Conversation About Suffragists and Strategies” includes an interactive format where participants will have the opportunity to engage in small-group discussions and share their perspectives about the film as well as their own personal experiences with respect to the right to vote and political participation. The conversation will feature the following commentaries:

“Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party: A Radical Approach to Suffrage,” Jacqueline Cavalier, EdD

“What Does That Have to do With Me? Invalidated Intentions of the Suffrage Movement and the Societal Ills of Today,” Ebony English, PhD

The evening will conclude with statements by Ms. Eileen Olmsted, Communications Director, League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania.

Join our Live Zoom Event, Tuesday, August 18, 2020 ~ 7:30 pm!


Watch this 10 minute trailer to the full PBS series.

And Here’s the Link to the full two part, four hour long story: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/vote/

After viewing this film, consider the following questions:

How do you relate to the experiences of those that came before us with respect to gaining the right to vote – not only the suffragists but our own mothers and grandmothers and their experiences and/or perspectives that they may have shared with you on this topic?

How might we reconcile the work of the suffragists in gaining rights for some women to vote while leaving others behind due to racism and discrimination?


What are your personal views about why it is important that women continue to be active political participants not only with respect to the act of voting, itself but in terms of holding elected office and other legislative positions?

Join our Live Zoom Event, Tuesday, August 18, 2020 ~ 7:30 pm!


Commentators (NOT MODERATORS)

Dr. Jacqueline Cavalier is Professor of History at Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in Pittsburgh with a course repertoire including History of American Labor, Contemporary United States History and the History of Women. Dr. Cavalier is a recipient of the college’s 5-Star Teaching Award, Vanguard Diversity College Award, NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. She has served as the vice president for American Federation of Teachers Local 2067, faculty coordinator of the Labor & Management Studies Certificate program, and coordinator of the Tom Foerster Archives and Seminar Room at CCAC. She has served as a guest lecturer for a number of educational and community organizations including the United Steelworkers ICD Training Program and, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Battle of Homestead Foundation, she is the chairperson of the Archives and Preservation Committee.

Dr. Ebony English is the Endowed Professor for Teaching and Learning at Community College of Allegheny County. She received her MSW from the University of Pittsburgh and Ph.D. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also has a Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology from Purdue University. She has more than twenty years of social work and higher education experience and her areas of expertise include drug and alcohol, training and development, and clinical social work, but her passion is teaching and technology. Dr. English serves on several university social work boards. She has spoken on topics related to criminology, social work, pedagogy, and technology. She serves on Editorial Review Board for the International Journal of Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Closing Remarks

Eileen Olmsted is a longtime member of the League of Women Voters and has held many positions in the League including having been president or co-president four times as well as multiple turns in charge of voter service, membership and other League board positions.

 For many years, her passion has been the idea of “good government” born of the experience of having lived overseas in South America and the Middle East for many years and seen what inefficiency, incompetence and corruption can do to a society. A transplant to Pittsburgh from California in 2007, she soon became active locally and at the State and National League levels. She currently is Communications Director of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania.


The Battle of Homestead Foundation is an educational nonprofit promoting Western Pennsylvania’s vibrant industrial and labor history starting with the 1892 Homestead Steel Strike and connecting with current labor issues involving economics, the environment, healthcare, racism and other social concerns.

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and Greater Pittsburgh, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.