Robin Henry

Volunteer History Commentator

Dr. Robin C. Henry holds a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Indiana University and is an associate professor in the history department at Wichita State University. Her research examines the intersections among sexuality, law, and regional identity in the 19th- and early 20th-century United States.

As host and producer of KMUW's podcast Hindsight: Looking Back At 100 Years Of Women's Suffrage, Dr. Henry was awarded honorable mention in the 2020 editorial/commentary category by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

She is the author of Criminalizing Sex, Defining Sexuality: Sexual Regulation and Masculinity in the American West, 1850-1927, as well as numerous articles. In addition to teaching courses on constitutional history and women and gender history at Wichita State University, Dr. Henry has introduced and continues to teach a graduate course on Gender and Sexuality in U.S. History. She served on the Committee on the Status of Women for the Organization of American History from 2009-2011.

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On Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, more than 65 million American voters made history. Though Hillary Rodham Clinton did not become president of the United States, her nomination to run for president on a major-party ticket and her then-record-setting popular vote count declared to many Americans that Clinton would not be the last woman to run for president. And that final glass ceilings of male privilege in national politics were closer to shattering than ever before. 

As the United States celebrates the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote, KMUW is celebrating too with a behind the scenes peek of the new podcast, Hindsight. Creator Dr. Robin Henry sat down with Sarah Jane Crespo to discuss her method of capturing the history and importance of the women’s rights movement, as well as how it’s still relevant today.

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Hold a credit card, buy a house, or take out a loan in her own name.

Serve on a jury.

Be pregnant and keep your job.

Attend military academies and Ivy League schools.

Refuse sex from husbands.

Fight on the front lines.

Take legal action against sexual harassment at work.

Access contraceptives of her choice.

Even as American women won the right to vote in 1920, they could do none of these things on their own. 

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Phoebe King Ensminger Burn. That name probably doesn’t sound familiar to you. But on Aug. 18, 1920, Miss Febb, as she was known, might have become the most famous mother, at least in suffrage history. 

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In 1915, the American humor magazine Puck, known for its political cartoons and satire, published a special edition, guest edited by New York State suffrage groups, in anticipation of the upcoming statewide referendum on women’s suffrage.

During President Andrew Jackson’s 1829 inaugural address, he proposed removal of the Native Americans living in the Southeast, mainly the Cherokee, Choctaw, Muskogee Creek, Chickasaw, and Seminole nations. A year later, on May 30, 1830, he signed the Removal Act. 

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If necessity is the mother of invention, then conflict both presents new challenges and opportunities and requires us to consider what our necessities actually are.

In this episode of Hindsight, we will explore the development of the woman’s movement between 1850 and 1875.

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On March 21, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt proposed to Congress a full-scale works program that would provide work of “definite, practical value, not only through prevention of great present financial loss but also as a means of creating future national wealth.” 

Ten days later, on March 31, Congress approved the Emergency Conservation Works Act. Through this act, Roosevelt and Congress created agencies that followed through with this legislative promise of relief.

 

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2020 marks the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment that recognizes women’s suffrage rights in the United States. This is a moment to celebrate—but it’s also a moment to consider the relationships, organizations, and challenges that took an idea on a page to an enshrined right.

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