Lecture Series

The goal of our lecture series is to educate and entertain, telling the stories of the American women’s suffrage movement, the history of voting rights, and the current status of voter initiatives. 

The Untold Story of the Justice Bell and Women’s Fight for the Vote
Based on four years of research, Amanda Owen presents the inspiring story of how a bronze bell became a celebrated symbol of the women’s suffrage movement. The creation of suffragists who were agitating for the right to vote, the Justice Bell helped rally support around the cause in the last crucial years leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Organizers, Nomads and Scribes: The Unsung Heroes of Women’s Fight for the Vote
Women’s struggle for rights have largely been left out of our history books. In this presentation, Amanda Owen introduces you to women whose successes and sacrifices have a direct effect on your life today. Lucretia Mott, Charlotte Purvis, Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Alice Paul, Caroline Katzenstein, Alice Dunbar-Nelson

The Road to Equality: The 19th Amendment, the fight for the ERA and the Road Ahead
Do you know that women still do not have equal rights under the United States Constitution? Join us for an exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary Equal Means Equal. After the film there will be a panel and group discussion.

The History of Voting Rights in the United States: Who, When, Where, and How
Is voting a right or privilege? Who got the vote and when? Who still does not have it, and what is being done to extend the ballot to all Americans? Amanda Owen discusses the fraught history of the fight for the vote from the founding of America to current initiatives to extend voting rights to all Americans.

The 19th Amendment: Successes, Lessons Learned, and How We Can Move Forward Together
There is much to celebrate as 2020 brings the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women in the United States the right to vote. But that Amendment did not stop voter suppression. Black women and men in the Jim Crow South (and elsewhere) were blocked from the ballot box. Indigenous people did not have voting rights. In this talk, Amanda Owen shows how our early leaders paved the way for today’s call for embracing intersectionality as a framework for understanding power and moving forward together.

Amanda Owen

Amanda Owen is an author and an independent scholar of women’s history, specializing in the American women’s suffrage movement. She is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Justice Bell Foundation. With a background in social work and a twenty-five year practice as a counselor, Amanda has been presenting lectures and workshops since the mid-nineties. She is currently writing a book about the Justice Bell and is working with filmmaker Martha Wheelock on a documentary about the Justice Bell and the women's suffrage movement. Her previous books ?? something about self-care, burnout, caregiving have won her accolades from her peers and ??? get from my AO site The Power of Receiving: A Revolutionary Approach to Giving Yourself the Life You Want and Deserve (Penguin) and Born to Receive: 7 Powerful Steps Women Can Take Today to Reclaim Their Half of the Universe (Penguin).

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The Justice Bell Foundation Lecture Series is a program of the Justice Bell Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, inspire and mobilize current and future voters.

The Justice Bell Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your donation is tax deductible.
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