Hard One, Not Done


A commemoration of the 100-Year Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment from an Iowa Perspective


Dr. Kristin M. Anderson-Bricker

Speaker Information: Dr. Anderson-Bricker is Professor of History at Loras College. Her presentation topics include: 1) The Evolution of the Suffrage Movement out of our Women’s Rights Movement; 2) The Suffrage Movement as a Progressive Reform; 3) Reform Strategies of both the Suffragists and Anti-Suffragists; and 4) The Intersection of Race with the Suffrage Movement.

Contact: kristin.anderson-bricker@loras.edu; 1450 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, IA  52001; (563) 588-7403


Dianne Bystrom, Ph.D.

Speaker Information: Dr. Bystrom is Director Emerita of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University and currently serves as co-president of the League of Women Voters of Nebraska. Her presentation topics include: 1) Winning the Vote: The 72-Year Campaign for Woman's Suffrage; 2) The History and Influence of Women in U.S. Politics; 3) The Fight for the Right to Vote: It Still Matters; and 4) The Life and Legacy of Carrie Chapman Catt.  

Contact: dianne.bystrom@gmail.com


Diane Carlin, Ph.D.

Speaker Information: Dr. Carlin is Professor Emerita of Communication at St. Louis University. Her presentation topics include: 1) The Long Road to the 19th Amendment; 2) Midwestern Women Who Led the Way for Women’s Suffrage; and 3) Women Who Dared to Speak Out: The Rhetoric that Won the 19th Amendment.

Contact: dianabcarlin@gmail.com; (785) 727-9420

Caryline Clark

Speaker Information: Ms. Clark is the Engagement Manager for Iowa Public Television and has been involved with the production of a one-hour Iowa Public Television​ documentary titled Carrie Chapman Catt: Warrior for Women. The documentary tells the history of the women’s suffrage movement with a focus on one of its fearless leaders, Carrie Chapman Catt.

Contact: caryline.clark@iptv.org; (800) 532-1290 or (515)725-9704


Sue Johannsen

Speaker Information: Ms. Johannsen is a retired educator and member of Iowa’s 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration Committee. Her presentation topic is Carrie Chapman Catt:  History of the quest to ratify the 19th Amendment.

Contact: 563-554-0300; suejohannsen@gmail.com


Karen M. Kedrowski, Ph.D.

Speaker Information: Dr. Kedrowski is the Director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University. Her presentation topics include: 1) Suffrage History and What’s "Not Done;" 2) Women’s Political Participation (Then and Now); and 3) Is This the Year for Madam President?

Contact: karenmk1@iastate.edu


Dr. Zornitsa Keremidchieva

Speaker Information: Dr. Keremidchieva is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her presentation topic is Woman Suffrage and the U.S. Congress: A Tale of Mutual Transformation.

Contact: zkeremid@umn.edu; (612) 624-2504

Dr. Lisa Ossian

Speaker Information: Dr. Ossian is a Professor of History at William Penn University. She is available to speak on The “I Too" Temperance Movement:  Iowa Women’s Political Action from the 18th and 19th Amendment.

Contact: lisa.ossian@wmpenn.edu; (515) 250-8542


Catherine Helen Palczewski, Ph.D.

Speaker Information: Dr. Palczewski is Professor of Communication Studies and affiliate faculty of Women's & Gender Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. Her presentation topics include: 1) Parades, Pickets and Prison: Embodied Arguments for Women’s Suffrage, 1913-1919; 2) Picturing the Public Arguments About Suffrage; 3) The 1913 Suffrage Parade; 4) The 1917-1929 Silent Sentinels; and 5) The 1919 Prison Special: A Cross Country Train Tour of Suffragists who had been Imprisoned. The preferred time allotment for these presentations is 50 minutes, but they can be tailored to 25 minutes. A collection of Suffragist postcards, assembled by Dr. Palczewski, are housed in the University of Northern Iowa Rod Library Digital Scholarship Unit and can be accessed by clicking here.

Contact: catherine.palczewski@uni.edu

Dr. Anna M. Peterson

Speaker Information: ​Dr. Peterson is an Associate Professor of History at Luther College. She is available to speak from August through December, 2020 on Scandinavia’s Involvement in America’s Suffrage Movement and on Transnational Suffrage Movements between Norway and the United States.

Contact: petean07@luther.edu


Pat Schultz

Speaker Information: Ms. Schultz's book, titled Amazing Women of Early Mason City, is pending publication. She is available to speak on Amazing Women of Early Mason City.

Contact: pals42@myomnitel.com; (641)420-0367


April Young Bennett

Speaker Information: Ms. Young Bennett is a motivational speaker, feminist activist and author of Ask a Suffragist: Stories and Wisdom from America’s First Feminists. Her presentation is titled Ask a Suffragist: Stories and Wisdom from America’s First Feminists.

Contact: april@aprilyoungb.com; (801)253-2895