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ALA (Chicago, IL 60611-2729)
Melanie Welch (Project Director: September 2020 to March 2022)
Samantha Oakley (Project Director: March 2022 to present)

Humanities Discussions
Public Programs

[Grant products]

$249,999 (approved)
$249,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2021 – 6/30/2023

Let’s Talk About It: Women’s Suffrage

Resources and training for a nationwide reading and discussion program focused on the history of suffrage and its aftermath.

The American Library Association requests a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Public Humanities Projects grant in the amount of $249,999 to implement a Let’s Talk About It (LTAI): Women’s Suffrage humanities discussion project corresponding to NEH’s “A More Perfect Union” special initiative. On August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, which prohibited the government from denying a citizen the right to vote on the basis of sex. As the country celebrates the 100th anniversary of this landmark amendment, it is surprising how many Americans know very little about this milestone in the nation’s history. It is important that we highlight the decades of struggle, resistance, and demonstration by the women’s suffrage movement leading up to the ratification so communities may better appreciate and understand the lasting impact it has had on the nation. This project will engage communities across the nation in critical reflection and discussion on the movement.