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Votes for Women


In recognition of the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, Vassar is eager to uncover and discover voices missing from conversations about voting rights and racial equality. In so doing, we seek to shed light on current events of the day. As President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), Sherrilyn Ifill has increased the visibility and engagement of the organization in cutting-edge and urgent civil rights issues, while maintaining the organization’s decades-long leadership fighting voter suppression, inequity in education, and police brutality and misconduct. Her forceful and fact-based analysis of complex issues of racial justice has made her a sought-after speaker and strategist whose counsel is sought by government officials, civic and community leaders, and national civil rights colleagues.

Please join President Elizabeth Bradley in welcoming Sherrilyn Ifill ’84 to speak to our community. The forum also will feature these faculty members:

Miriam Cohen, Professor of History on the Evalyn Clark Chair (speaking on Vassar and the historical context)

Taneisha N. Means, Assistant Professor of Political Science on the Class of 1951 Chair (reflecting on Sherrilyn's talk and referencing her own current research)

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This program will also mark the opening of the exhibition Votes for Women: Vassar and the Politics of Women’s Suffrage, curated by Mark Seidl, Special Collections Librarian and College Archivist, with an accompanying essay by Professor Miriam Cohen.