Determined to Rise

Women’s Historical Activism for Equal Rights
Determined to Rise

As the centenary of woman suffrage approaches, the National Women’s History Museum presents a commemorative initiative, “Determined to Rise:” Women’s Historical Activism for Equal Rights. This series of public programming features scholarly panels, public events, and lively discussions on women’s history topics from the early 1830s when African-American women abolitionist groups organized to fight for freedom, personhood, and women’s rights to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.

“Determined to Rise” shapes a broader understanding of the woman suffrage movement throughout the turn of the century, acknowledging not only the achievements resulting in the ratification of the 19th Amendment, but also its profound limitations.

Please join us for a discussion at an upcoming event near you.

Thursday, January 30th 2020 
Wesleyan College, Macon, GA
(Time and Location TBD)

Topic: Women’s Education Reform in the Progressive Era, 1890-1920


  • Dr. Jenny Barker-Devine, Associate Professor of History, Illinois College (Jacksonville, IL)Dr. Jenny Barker-Devine is a historian of American agriculture and rural life, with interests in archives and advocacy for the humanities. She is the author of many scholarly articles, as well as On Behalf of the Family Farm: Iowa Farm Women's Activism in Iowa Since 1945 (University of Iowa Press, 2013), which explores how Iowa's farm women acted to better conditions in the countryside. Her current project American Athena: Cultivating Victorian Womanhood on the Midwestern Frontier considers how women created and maintained opportunities for education, activism, and community in the nineteenth century.
  • Dr. Vivia Lawton Fowler, President, Wesleyan College (Macon, GA)

    Wesleyan’s 25th president, Dr. Vivia Lawton Fowler, has more than thirty years of experience in higher education, specifically at women’s colleges. Dr. Fowler served first as academic dean and then provost, before assuming the presidency in 2017. The third female president of this women’s college, she is the first female ordained United Methodist minister to hold the office once traditionally held by Methodist clergy. 

    Following her graduation from another women’s United Methodist-affiliated college, Columbia College, in South Carolina, Fowler earned her Master of Arts degree in religion at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and worked as a minister in two UM churches in Columbia and Orangeburg. She returned to her alma mater as a teacher and there discovered her call to the ministry of education. She earned her Ph.D. in Philosophical and Psychological Foundations of Education from the University of South Carolina.
  • Dr. Daleah Goodwin, Professor of History, Warren Wilson College (Asheville, NC): Dr. Daleah Goodwin received her PhD in History with specializations in African American History and Women’s Studies from the University of Georgia. Her research includes a focus on early 20th-century educator, dynamic elocutionist, dedicated suffragist, and unwavering crusader Hallie Quinn Brown. Her doctoral dissertation, “A Torch in the Valley: The Life and Work of Miss Hallie Quinn Brown,” examines Brown’s challenges and accomplishments as she campaigned for equal access to education and political representation for women, while leading the most influential African American women’s organization of the era, The National Association of Colored Women. Dr. Goodwin documented Brown’s public work and activism, revealing the ways black women maneuvered and positioned themselves to secure social equality and political enfranchisement for women, while “uplifting the race.” Dr. Goodwin is a member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and the Association of Black Women Historians.
  • Moderator: Dr. Deidra Donmoyer, Professor of Communication, Wesleyan College: 

    Dr. Deidra Donmoyer received her PhD in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism from Bowling Green State University in 2003. Her research is centered on rhetorical, film, women’s, cultural, and pedagogical studies—interests that converge through critical awareness and ideological positionality. Using film as a primary basis of rhetorical analysis, Dr. Donmoyer comes to understandings of how women are represented and who they are thought to be, thereby exploring the ways in which society might expect women to behave and interact in everyday life.

    Dr. Donmoyer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Kutztown University in 1993, a Master of Arts degree in Communication from Auburn University in 1996, and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Bowling Green State University in 2001.

Registration information coming soon.

Other Determined to Rise events will take place soon (more information to follow):

February 8: Indiana History Center, Indianapolis, IN

March 4: Museum of the City of New York, NYC

March 9: The Ebell Club of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

March 10: Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

March 19: (In collaboration with Michigan Women Forward) The Forum, Michigan History Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, MI  48915. Topic: Woman’s Suffrage: The West Came First

April 28: The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL

June 22: NCGS 2020 Conference, Sheraton Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA