How Did Getting the Vote Change Women’s Ability to Wield Power?

America’s first feminists believed suffrage would solve injustices facing women — such as not being able to own property or manage money — and give them control over their bodies. But, as we all know, the wheels of change turn slowly. The fight for women’s empowerment continues today. Join us as we journey from the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, through the Depression and Civil Rights Era, all the way up to the 2020 election with its groundbreaking field of female presidential candidates.


100 Years of Power Preview

In this 30-second clip, learn what our special 3-part series is all about.

Episode 1

Battle for Suffrage

How Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton led a rancorous fight, at times at odds with Lucy Stone and Sojourner Truth. With historian Ellen DuBois. (38 minutes)

Episode 2

Slow Burn of Progress

From Eleanor Roosevelt to Shirley Chisholm, women begin to win control over their lives and bodies. With historians Susan Ware and Gina Lauria Walker and advocate Nell Merlino. (39 minutes)

Episode 3

What the Future Holds

In 2020, six diverse women run for president, and Nancy Pelosi takes the House. With researcher Kelly Dittmar; activists Joanna Weiss and Glynda Carr; author Molly Ball; and professor Ronnee Schreiber. (25 minutes)

TIMELINE: A History of Women's Votings Rights in America

A drive to get more women into the halls of political power has tackled social obstacles, survived injustices and achieved victories throughout the eras.


Yes, Women Won the Right to Vote 100 Years Ago. But Equality Remains Elusive

Our “100 Years of Power” series breaks down women’s history from the suffragist movement to #MeToo and asks: Is the future really female?