2020 Red River Women's Studies Conference

Imperfect History
October 23, 2020
Virtual Conference

Conference Theme:

On October 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, achieved final approval for all the states in the union. A century later, women are running for office, engaging in politics, and voting at higher rates than men. One hundred years after the ratification of the 19th Amendment, we have much to celebrate.

However, not all women benefitted from ratification equally. Native American women finally earned U.S. citizenship rights in 1924 that provided voting rights; Chinese women immigrants received the right to vote in 1943; and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 increased the opportunities for African American women to vote. Despite legislation, laws and policies continue to prevent all American women from voting.

The theme of the 2020 Red River Women's Studies Conference is Imperfect History. The online conference will focus on suffrage, the right to vote, and the challenges to the vote that exist yet today. However, submissions that reflect any aspect of Imperfect History are invited as well. 

Panels can be pre-recorded or scheduled live through Zoom. NDSU will set up sessions for both. The recordings and links to live sessions will be posted in a program format on a password protected page through NDSU's WGS website.

Keynote Speakers:

This year we are excited to announce that our keynote speakers are Heidi Heitkamp and Heather Keeler. 

Heidi Heitkamp was the first woman from North Dakota elected to the U.S. Senate and served from 2013 to 2019. In 2020, she was selected by USA Today for North Dakota's "Women of the Century."

Heather Keeler serves on the Fargo Native American Commission and the Moorhead Human Rights Commission. She is currently running for election to the Minnesota House of Representatives, District 4A.   


The scale for registration fees is as follows:

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Students: Free
  • Independent Scholars/ Recent Graduates: $5
  • Secondary Educators/College Faculty: $10

You can register for the conference here.


Please email NDSU’s WGS Director, Dr. Ashley Baggett at ashley.baggett@ndsu.edu.

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