In honor of the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote, the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, the National Park Service, and public media organization PRX have announced two new history-driven podcasts inspired by the suffragists who worked to secure the right to vote for American women. The podcasts will be hosted by actresses Rosario Dawson and Retta, and gymnast Aly Raisman.
“For generations, the suffragists demanded equality at the ballot box, and these podcasts will tell their stories and educate a new generation about this critical chapter in the history of American democracy,” said Anna Laymon, executive director of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. The Commission was created by Congress to coordinate the nationwide commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020.
One of the two podcasts is called And Nothing Less: The Untold Stories of Women’s Fight for the Vote. It is co-hosted by Dawson and Retta. The show aims to go beyond the well-known suffragettes Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to tell the stories of an array of diverse voices, as generations of activists fought for full access to the ballot. The series will include interviews with historians and others, such as the great-granddaughter of suffragist and civil rights icon Ida B. Wells.
The other new podcast is called The Magic Sash. Hosted by Raisman, the series is a historical fiction podcast geared toward tweens. It features an 11-year-old girl and boy who journey back in time to meet iconic heroes of the movement, including Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, and experience key moments in women’s suffrage history. The Magic Sash is co-produced by TRAX, the PRX podcast network that creates content for 9- to 13-year-olds, and Gen Z Media.
“We’ve learned so much from the historians and descendants of women’s suffrage leaders who we interviewed in the process of creating these shows,” said Genevieve Sponsler, Content Manager at PRX and executive producer of the two shows. “There were so many pioneering women and men involved in the movement, not only across the U.S. but around the world. I’m so excited for listeners to hear what we’ve been working on for so long alongside the WSCC, hosted by the incredible Rosario, Retta and Aly.”
The podcasts will premiere on Wednesday, August 5. New episodes will be released weekly through September 16.
In support of the podcasts, the National Park Service will create companion materials for each podcast, available free alongside each new episode. The guides will also include lesson plans for elementary and middle school teachers to support their use of the podcasts in the classroom.