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More Than a Voting Rights Issue: The 19th Amendment Turns 100.

Nina Subin

The landmark legislation granting women in the U.S. the right to vote turns 100 years old this summer. 

To kick off a year-long celebration of the 19th Amendment, Western Kentucky University is hosting writer Elaine Weiss to campus.  Weiss, the author of The Woman's Hour, the Great Fight to Win the Vote, says the effort to force the vote in 1920 remains more than just a voting rights issue.

"It was about changing and challenging the role of women in society," Weiss told WKU Public Radio. "So it was cultural, it was societal, it was for some a moral debate about how women should be treated, were they more than just mothers and wives?"

Weiss will meet with WKU students in the classroom Monday and will present the Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholar Lecture Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the Downing Student Union Auditorium. 

The event is free and open to the public.

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