A Citizenship of Her Own: American Women, the Nineteenth Amendment and the Cable Act

A Citizenship of Her Own: American Women, the Nineteenth Amendment and the Cable Act

Event Type

All

Location

Westminster Village, 1120 E. Davis Drive

Date

Time

Phone

(812) 237-2336

Description

With Ruth Fairbanks, ISU instructor in the department of history
       
Cost: Free
   
Connections between citizenship, immigration and family swirl about news cycles today. Beliefs about who belongs as part of the national family have long been tied to understandings about family relationships. Before 1924, American women who married men who were not citizens lost their own citizenship while foreign born women who married American men became citizens through their marriage. Women’s citizenship, at least that of married women, was covered by that of their husbands. The 19th Amendment led to thinking about women’s citizenship differently. It also gave women political power. In 1922, Congress passed the Cable Act, allowing American women who married non-citizens to retain their own citizenship in most, but not all, cases. This talk will examine the family dynamics of citizenship by exploring a time when American women could lose their citizenship with a walk down the aisle.