Erie Women's Political Strength: Growth and Influence by Three Major Movements

February 17th,2022 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Judith  Lynch,Ph.D.

In this lecture, JES Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Judy Lynch will explore the three major waves that pushed the women's movement forward and had great implications for Erie County Elected Women: the First Wave in the 1920s when the suffragette's organizations succeeded in the passage of the 19th Amendment. The  Second Wave of feminism, springing from the 1960s ferment, produced societally altering changes in the United States. In the late 1980s and 1990s, a Third Wave came about when women marched, demanded, and ran successfully for public office. By 1989, a dramatic change had come to the city and county.


Covid-19 policies will be in effect throughout programming, please review the JES Covid-19 policy here. Patrons will need to show their vaccination cards or proof of a negative test. While Erie County remains on alert, masks will be required. Advanced registration is required for all JES events. Tickets will not be sold at or during events. This event is free to all with prior registration. 

Judith  Lynch,Ph.D.
Scholar-in-Residence, Jefferson Educational Society

Judith Lynch, Ph.D. has been a board member of the Jefferson Educational Society since its inception and served as its first chairwoman. She is the Jefferson’s inaugural Decadean Scholar. From 2004 to 2017, Dr. Lynch served as Associate Professor of Political Science and History at Mercyhurst University, and from 2002 to 2004, she taught at Allegheny College and was part of the Civic Engagement Institute. Prior, she worked as an analyst for the CIA and served for 20 years as Erie County Executive. She received her Doctorate with Distinction in Political Science in 2001 from the University of Pittsburgh and her M.A. in Social Studies from Gannon University. Her undergraduate degree, a B.A. in History and Political Science, is from George Washington University.