In the late 19th Century, several prominent scientists asserted that women were intellectually inferior to men. This misogyny, and the creative grassroots campaign waged by women’s rights reformers to confront the experts, will be addressed at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, (Nov. 22) by Susan Poulson, a professor of history.
Poulson’s presentation is entitled “Science and the Suffrage Movement: Confronting the Incontrovertible.”
Poulson is a professor of United States History at the University of Scranton, where she specializes in 20th Century American History and the History of American Women. Eight years ago, anticipating the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, she began research on the history of women’s suffrage.
From the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, when women first demanded the right to vote, to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in August 1920, four generations of women and men struggled for women’s suffrage. They waged battles on many fronts, including legal restrictions, religious traditions, social norms and educational ideals. Poulson is currently writing a book covering the entire suffrage movement.
Poulson’s doctorate from Georgetown University and subsequent publications focused on the transition to coeducation at several colleges and universities in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including its effect on more than 300 women’s colleges.
Susan’s mother is Academy Village resident Ellen Poulson. Ellen is an enthusiastic participant in Arizona Senior Academy activities and a prominent local advocate for continued federal funding for public television and radio.
Written by Margaret Scott, Academy Village Volunteer