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.
Cathleen Cahill, Associate Professor of History, Penn State
Dr. Sylvia Ramos Cruz, retired physician and women’s rights advocate
Carmella Scorcia Pacheco, PhD Student in Border Studies in the Spanish and Portuguese Department in the Border Studies program, University of Arizona