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Mittwoch 26.06. 19.00 Uhr

The (Really) Long March through the Institutions:

Why 100 Years of U.S. Female Suffrage Isn't Enough

Lecture and discussion

Ladies‘ Choice: 100 Jahre Frauenwahlrecht


Location: Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Baden-Württemberg, Lautenschlagerstraße 20, 70173 Stuttgart
Admission: free
Language: English
Duration: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Registration: Groups of more than four people need to please register beforehand by June 19 via anmeldung@daz.org


Long before feminists began lobbying for affirmative action, gender mainstreaming and quotas, suffragettes around the world presumed that the formula „add women, voting rights and stir“ would quickly transform their respective political systems in gender-friendly ways. While the 2018 midterm elections boosted women’s physical presence in the halls of power, the real barriers to change are rooted in structural factors, starting with the electoral system. This talk addresses „the lessons learned“ across three waves of feminism in the U.S. dating back to 1920, then considers what younger cohorts might do to „level the political playing field“ and combat the anti-woman backlash unleashed by the Trump White House since 2017.


Mit: Joyce Mushaben, PhD, University of Missouri-St. Louis 
In Kooperation mit: Fachbereich Frauen und Politik, Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Baden-Württemberg; Institut für Literaturwissenschaft Amerikanische Literatur und Kultur, Universität Stuttgart

Prof. Joyce Mushaben, PhD

Joyce Mushaben received her Ph. D. from Indiana University in 1981. A former Director of the Institute for Women’s & Gender Studies, she is the Curators‘ Distinguished Professor of Comparative Politics, and the College of Arts & Sciences‘ first Professor of Global Studies. Having spent more than 18 years living and researching in Germany, her early work focused on new social movements (peace, ecology, feminism, anti-nuclear protests and neo-Nazi activism), German national identity (East & West), along with generational change. She then moved on to European Union developments, citizenship and migration policies, women’s leadership, Euro-Islam debates and comparative welfare state reforms.

Prof. Mushaben has secured numerous national and international grants, including but not limited to fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Marshall Fund, the Fulbright Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  She was appointed the first Research Fellow in the BMW Center for German & European Studies at Georgetown University, worked as a Visiting Professor at the Ohio State University, as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Erfurt, and a Visiting Professor at universities in Stuttgart, Frankfurt/Main, and Berlin. She is a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies and recently joined the International Advisory Board of the EU’s first feminist think-tank, Gender5Plus.