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Rise Up LA

August 20 @ 6:00 pm

How Have Women’s Protests Changed History?

First of three events in the series:  When Women Vote: A Zócalo/Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Event Series

There are few forces of nature more formidable than a group of women fed up with the status quo. From the French Revolution—which was sparked in part by a 7,000-woman march from Paris to Versailles—to Black Lives Matter—which was founded by three women—some of the most important protest movements in global history have been women-led. In addition to organizing many of summer 2020’s continuing marches, over the past century women have taken to the streets to rally for voting and equal rights, to condemn sexual and gun violence, and to stand against the current president. But protest has taken other forms too, including the #MeToo movement, anti-colonial movements from Ethiopia to Southeast Asia, women taking the wheel in Saudi Arabia to demand the right to drive, and boycotts and strikes like the Women’s Political Council Montgomery bus boycott that ignited the Southern civil rights movement. How have women risen up collectively to create change—and influenced broader movements in the process? What has made women particularly effective protesters, and what ideas have women come up with that have changed the art of protest? A panel of scholars and activists join Zócalo and NHM to discuss the power of women saying “no” throughout history.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Francille Rusan Wilson, USC historian and author of The Segregated Scholars: Black Social Scientists and the Creation of Black Labor Studies, 1890-1950
  • Rinku Sen, activist and director of Race Forward, (moderator)
  • Valentine Moghadam, sociologist and international affairs/gender studies scholar


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Rise Up LA is part of Los Angeles County’s Women + Girls 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration Initiative. To learn more about LA County’s 19th Amendment programs visit


August 20
6:00 pm