Proposals are no longer being accepted for this year's experience


Call for Proposals

This year, the United States of America celebrates 100 years since the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote and 55 years since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 extended voting rights to communities of color in the US. As of 2020, women’s right to vote is legally recognized in the vast majority of countries, most recently including Saudi Arabia (2015), Kuwait (2005), and Oman (2003). 

Despite widespread legal recognition of women as political actors, women continue to be disenfranchised and underrepresented in most political institutions both in the US and around the world. Today, only 24% of the world’s parliamentarians are women, and glass ceilings remain firmly in place for other political decision-making positions. Numerous obstacles inhibit many women from exercising their legally recognized right to vote. 

In most nations, the political rights of women came as the result of extensive campaigning, organizing and collaboration with other national and international voting rights movements. Of course, marginalization of women does not occur in isolation; it is built into political structures that discriminate based on gender, race, ethnicity, class, property ownership, wealth, etc. It is only as a result of great struggles by diverse constituencies that purportedly democratic institutions expand to include the demands and rights of marginalized groups. 

Conference Goals and Themes

This conference aims to bring together academics, thought leaders, students and activists to reflect upon the history of women’s political contributions across the globe-- both prior to and after state recognition of their rights to elect and be elected-- in order to inform present-day struggles for women’s full political participation.  

Presenters and audience will shed light on and allow for comparative analysis of how women in diverse political, cultural, and religious contexts navigate institutional and social realities to influence the politics and policies of their communities and nations. We aim to foster the exchange of knowledge, experiences, and resources related to the fight for political rights and representation across diverse regions of the globe, including the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. We invite proposals that engage both theory and practice and include voices from within and beyond the academy. Potential topics include: 


  • Suffrage campaigns around the globe
  • Grassroots political activism
  • LGBTQ Communities and access to political power/influence
  • Intersectional analyses of  political participation and representation 
  • Advances in and obstacles to women’s participation in politics and elections 
  • Voter suppression and harassment
  • Violence against women in Politics/Elections 
  • State responses to and backlash against  women’s political participation and representation


Submission Guidelines

We encourage proposals from and conversations among scholars, activists, elected officials, and others working in the field of women’s political access. To this end, we accept proposals for 75-minute interactive sessions in the following categories:

  • Panel proposal: a session of 3-4 papers, each lasting approximately 10-12 minutes. 
  • Panels should have a cohesive theme and time for Q&A.
  • Roundtable: a conversation among panelists with ample time for engagement with the audience.
  • Single paper proposal: a single paper  (of approximately 10-12 minutes) which conference organizers may place within a related panel
  • Poster/Screen: a visual display of a program or research on a poster or laptop. 
  • We especially encourage undergraduate students to submit in this category.


Please submit session proposals on the Conference Proposal Form. Proposals must include a brief abstract (not to exceed 50 words), a brief biography for each presenter (not to exceed 100 words) both of which will be used for the conference program.  In addition, please provide a longer description (not to exceed 500 words) that indicates your intended audience, how your session is relevant to one or more of the conference themes, and the expected outcomes for the audience, as well as a 1-page cv or resume for each presenter. Poster/Screen sessions, please include a 300-word proposal about your research or project, including any relevant digital presence that will assist organizers in consideration.

Proposals will be selected based on the relevance to the conference theme/s, and to ensure a balance of appropriate sessions for multiple audiences. Presenters will be notified by May 2020. Additional conference information will be posted on the conference website as it becomes available.


Proposals are no longer being accepted for this year's experience


This event is made possible through the generous support of the James T. and Ella Rather Kirk Fund at Agnes Scott College, the Goizueta Foundation, and other donors. Limited subvention funds are available on a competitive basis for those who cannot participate without partial assistance. Please include your request for funds and proposed budget with your proposal.