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.

OCTOBER 30 | 6:30-8:30 CDT | War Memorial Student Union Theater, Southeastern Louisiana University, SLU 10290, 303 Union Avenue, Hammond, LA  70402

Topic: The Civil War’s Impact on Women’s Rights and Activism


  • Dr. Elizabeth Hornsby, Southeastern Louisiana University:Elizabeth Robertson Hornsby, Ph.D, is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Languages and Communication at Southeastern Louisiana University where she teaches communication and media studies classes. She received her doctorate from Regent University in Communication Studies and a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. Her research interests include exploring race and gender discourse in physical and digital spaces through a black feminist lens.
  • Dr. Alecia P. Long, Louisiana State University: Alecia P. Long is the John L. Loos and Paul W. and Nancy Murrill Professor of history and Director of Graduate Studies at Louisiana State University. Dr. Long is also the director of the Listening to Louisiana Women Oral History Project at LSU. She is the author of The Great Southern Babylon: Sex, Race, and Respectability in New Orleans, 1865–1920, winner of the Julia Cherry Spruill Prize for the best book in southern women’s history in 2005.
  • Dr. Benjamin Railton, Fitchburg State University: Ben Railton is Professor of English Studies and Coordinator of American Studies at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. He is the author of five books, most recently We the People: The 500-Year Battle over Who is American (Rowman and Littlefield's American Ways series). He also writes the daily American Studies blog, contributes the bimonthly Considering History column to the Saturday Evening Post, and is the Boston Chapter Leader for the Scholars Strategy Network.
  • Samantha Cavell (moderator), Southeastern Louisiana University: Dr. Cavell is the Visiting Assistant Professor in Military History at Southeastern Louisiana University. She received her PhD in naval and maritime history from the University of Exeter in the UK where she received the Exeter Research Fellowship. She has been a guest lecturer at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich in the UK, Oxford University, and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Her publications include: Midshipmen and Quarterdeck Boys in the British Navy, and chapter contributions to The Battle of New Orleans Reconsidered, Yankees in Nelson’s Navy, and Naval History and Biography in Film. Sam is a member of the Historian General’s Committee of the Naval Order of the United States and is currently working on a book about Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane RN and his campaigns from Bladensburg to New Orleans in the War of 1812.

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

January 30th: Wesleyan College, Macon, GA

February 8th: Indiana History Center, Indianapolis, IN

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

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

March 10th: Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

March 19th: Michigan Women’s History Center and Hall of Fame, Lansing, MI

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