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Formidable: American Women and the Fight for Equality: 1920–2020

William G. McGowan Theater
Washington, DC

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT

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In Formidable, author Elisabeth Griffith chronicles and integrates the fight by White and Black women to achieve equality and their efforts to advance with sometimes competing causes. Black women wanted the rights enjoyed by Whites, and theirs was not only a women’s movement. White women wanted to be equal to White men. They sought equal legal rights, political power, safeguards for working women and immigrants, and an end to confining social structures. Formidable provides a sweeping, century-long perspective and an expansive cast of change agents. From feminists and civil rights activists to politicians and social justice advocates, from working class women to mothers and homemakers, from radicals and conservatives to those who were offended by feminism, threatened by social change, or convinced of white supremacy, the diversity of the women’s movement mirrors America. Joining the author in conversation will be author Rebecca Boggs Roberts. A book signing will follow the program.


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