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New Mexico and The Vote Podcast

NEW MEXICO
and

THE VOTE

A New Podcast with Megan Kamerick
Premiering June 30th

What did women's suffrage look like in New Mexico? Journalist Megan Kamerick dives into the past in this new podcast featuring a lineup of noteworthy guests. Listen on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts!

New Mexico and the Vote is part of a project in conjunction with PBS's American Experience, "The Vote" airing on New Mexico PBS on July 6th and 7th at 8pm.

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Episode 4

New Mexico and The Vote

In this episode, we look back at how far New Mexico has come since women got the right to vote 100 years ago, thanks to the ratification of the 19th Amendment. We also look at the voting challenges that remain today for both women and Native Americans, who received their right to vote decades after the 19th Amendment was ratified. Host Megan Kamerick also looks at what issues remain for gender equality, including the passing of the Equal Rights Amendment and convincing more women to run for public office. “New Mexico and the Vote” is a companion production to The American Experience documentary “The Vote” on PBS, which is still available for streaming.

Guests

Martha Burk,  political psychologist, former Chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations, author of “Your Voice, Your Vote: The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Politics, Power, and the Change We Need.”

Ahtza Dawn Chavez, executive director of the Native American Voters Alliance Education Project

Dr. Sylvia Ramos Cruz, retired physician and women’s rights advocate

U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland, Democratic Representative from New Mexico

Pamelya Herndon, President/CEO of KWH Law Center for Social Justice and Change

Episode 3

Historical Photo

So far in this podcast, we have explored the history of women's suffrage in New Mexico, as a companion production to The American Experience documentary "The Vote" on PBS. That film is available for streaming on NMPBS.org. 2020 marks 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote in the United States. But there was another part of the population that would have to wait decades to earn that same right to participate in the democratic process: Native Americans. Host Megan Kamerick explores this part of the state's history in this episode, including why so many Native Americans were actually skeptical of voting in general.

Guests

Gordon Bronitsky, President, Bronitsky and Associates

Cathleen Cahill, Associate Professor of History, Penn State

Maurice Crandall, Assistant Professor, Native American Studies, Dartmouth College

U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland, Democratic Representative from New Mexico

Episode 2

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Quirina Córdova Medina holding a photo of her grandmother Isabel Córdova.

Welcome to Episode 2 of "New Mexico and the Vote." This week, we continue our look at the history of women's suffrage in New Mexico and the ultimate ratification of the 19th Amendment.

In the first episode we explored the history of suffrage in the West, including its links to colonization and white supremacy, and how New Mexico’s history differed sharply from those other Western states.  In this episode we pick up the thread after the 1910 constitutional convention ahead of statehood in 1912 which gave women limited suffrage by allowing them to vote in school elections.

From there, we will introduce some of the key individuals who used a variety of methods and strategies to push New Mexico over the finish line toward ratification.

We will also share a hidden gem uncovered during our research, a rare and unique song, called “El corrido de la votación” or The Ballad of the Vote and explain why this piece in and of itself was such a strong argument for gender equality.

A Centennial Glimpse into New Mexico’s Suffrage Movement through “El corrido de la votación”

Suffrage in Spanish: Hispanic Women and the Fight for the 19th Amendment in New Mexico

Guests

Cathleen Cahill, Associate Professor of History, Penn State

Dr. Sylvia Ramos Cruz, retired physician and women’s rights advocate

Meredith Machen, Executive Team, Education Chair, Immigration Chair, Past President, League of Women Voters of New Mexico

Carmella Scorcia Pacheco, PhD Student in Border Studies in the Spanish and Portuguese Department in the Border Studies program, University of Arizona

Episode 1

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Illustration by Hy Mayer shows a torch-bearing female labeled "Votes for Women," symbolizing the awakening of the nation's women to the desire for suffrage, striding across the western states, where women already had the right to vote, toward the east where women are reaching out to her.

The American Southwest played a key role in the woman suffrage battle, as Western states led the charge to ratify the 19th Amendment. New Mexico’s fight to ensure women the right to vote, however, had a much different trajectory. After the Mexican-American War ended in 1848, the United States took over the territory once belonging to Mexico. Unlike other states that would be carved out of these lands, New Mexico had a lot of Spanish-speaking U.S. citizens, a legacy of conquest and colonization starting in the 1500s. That included women who were accustomed to more rights than women held in the United States. Host Megan Kamerick explores New Mexico’s unique history, and the key figures, many of them Hispanic women, who played an essential role in bringing the right to vote to the Land of Enchantment.

Guests

Cathleen Cahill, Associate Professor of History, Penn State

Dr. Sylvia Ramos Cruz, retired physician and women’s rights advocate

Robert Martinez, New Mexico State Historian

Virginia Scharff, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of New Mexico

Podcast Preview

This week, we give you a taste of what this podcast is all about, and what you can expect to hear in the coming weeks about the suffrage movement here in New Mexico. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. Host and Producer Megan Kamerick sits down with Executive Producer Kevin McDonald to talk about why she wanted to tell these stories, and how the suffragists stories are still so relevant today.

Resources

Women's Vote Event

Major funding for American Experience provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance, Consumer Cellular and by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major funding for The Vote provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Additional funding for The Vote provided by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations: Investing in our common future and by the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund. Additional funding for American Experience provided by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, the Documentary Investment Group and by Public Television Viewers. American Experience is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.

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