OK Women 100: A Century of Women's Suffrage

This project is part of OKWomen100: A Century of Women’s Suffrage, the Oklahoma Historical Society’s initiative to celebrate the 100th anniversaries of the passage of the women’s suffrage amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution in 1918 and the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution in 1920. Find out more about events, exhibits, and resources at www.okhistory.org/suffrage.

This Land is Herland

The Oklahoma Historical Society and the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center are pleased to present This Land is Herland, a series of three programs on women’s activism in Oklahoma. The programs, sponsored by Oklahoma Humanities, will take place on August 13, September 22, and November 5, all at 7 p.m. The August and September programs will be conducted virtually, with the option to move the November program online as well. Each program will include presentations by three scholars. Following the presentations, the scholars will be available to answer questions from the online audience.

“The Fluidity of Power,” Thursday, August 13, at 7 p.m. (Virtual)

The first program, “The Fluidity of Power,” will take place on Thursday, August 13, 7 p.m. The program will consider how women in early Oklahoma found ways to wield power. Topics and speakers for the evening are: “An ‘Intrepid Pioneer Leader’: The A-Suffrage Gendered Activism of Kate Barnard,” by Dr. Sunu Kodumthara, Southwestern Oklahoma State University; “‘My Heart Had Been Burdened for the Orphaned and Homeless Children’: Religious Imperative and Maternalism in the Work of Mattie Mallory,” by Dr. Heather Clemmer, Southern Nazarene University; and “A ‘Loyal Countrywoman’: Rachel Caroline Eaton, Alumna of the Cherokee National Female Seminary,” by Dr. Farina King, Northeastern State University.

There is no cost for this program but preregistration is required. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on August 12. You should receive the link for the online program within 72 hours of registration.

“The Gendered Politics of Civil Rights,” Tuesday, September 22, 7 p.m. (Virtual)

The second program, “The Gendered Politics of Civil Rights,” will take place online on Tuesday, September 22, at 7 p.m. This program looks at how Oklahoma women impacted the struggle for civil rights on several fronts. Topics and speakers for the evening are: “‘To Speak so Forthrightly as to Offend’: The Civil Rights Activism and Confinement of Rosalyn ‘Rosie’ Coleman Gilchrist,” by Dr. Sarah Eppler Janda, Cameron University; “Making History: Being an NAACP Plaintiff—Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher,” by Cheryl Wattley, University of North Texas Dallas College of Law; and “Barbara ‘Wahru’ Cleveland and Herland Sister Resources,” by Dr. Lindsey Churchill, University of Central Oklahoma.

There is no cost for this program but preregistration is required. If you wish to register for the September event, you may also do so at this time. You will receive a link to the second program in September. It WILL NOT be included in your email with the link for the August program.

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“The Fluidity of Power,” August 13

“The Gendered Politics of Civil Rights,” September 22





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This program is sponsored in part by Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of OH or NEH.