IdahoPTV Screening with Q&A

August 11, 2020
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In August, America celebrates 100 years of voting rights for women with the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. By 1920 women in Idaho had already been voting in—and winning—elections for 24 years. The documentary explores how Idaho became the fourth state to grant women voting rights.

Most of the history about women’s voting rights focuses on the East Coast. However, Western states were leading the way. Wyoming granted women the right to vote in 1870, followed by Colorado in 1893, then Utah and Idaho, both in 1896. Utah and Washington states granted women the right to vote earlier, then revoked the privilege. After Idaho, it took another 14 years for a state to grant suffrage to women.

Join Idaho Public Television and Idaho Women in Leadership for an online preview screening of the new Idaho Experience documentary "Ahead of Her Time: Women’s Suffrage in Idaho”. The half-hour screening will be immediately followed by a live Q and A with Emmy Award-winning documentarian Jennie Sue Weltner; Idaho Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb; Rebecca Scofield, Ph.D., assistant professor of twentieth-century American history at the University of Idaho; and NNU student leader Mariela Esquivel-Rodriguez. The discussion will be moderated by IdahoPTV producer Marcia Franklin, who did research and conducted interviews for the documentary.

The documentary is a partnership between Idaho Public Television, Idaho Women in Leadership, and the Idaho State Historical Society as a legacy project for Idaho Women 100.

Major funding for Idaho Experience is provided by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Anne Voillequé and Louise Nelson, Judy and Steve Meyer, the Futura Corporation, the Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation, the Friends of Idaho Public Television, the Idaho Public Television Endowment and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

“Ahead of Her Time: Women’s Suffrage in Idaho” was independently produced by Jennie Sue Weltner with funding provided by Idaho Women in Leadership, the Pottenger Family Foundation, Zions Bank, Idaho Power, and Midas Gold.

Video Descriptions

Ahead of Her Time Please Stand By - 10 min Preroll

Idaho Experience, Ahead of Her Time, IdahoPTV-PBS Ovee Preshow

Ron Pisaneschi - Welcome Message

Introductory message from IdahoPTV General Manager Ron Pisaneschi.

Amanda Visosky Intro for "Ahead of Her Time"

Amanda Visosky Intro for "Ahead of Her Time"

Ahead of Her Time | Idaho Experience

Please Stand By - Discussion Beginning Soon

60 minutes



  • Marcia Franklin

    Marcia Franklin is a writer and producer for Idaho Experience, and the producer and host of Dialogue. She enjoys bringing untold stories to light, discovering hard-to-find writings and images, and interviewing passionate people. She encourages viewers to preserve the history of individuals, places and events they care about, as well as to document the present.

  • Jennie Sue Weltner

    Jennie Sue Weltner is an independent producer and owner of Brainstorm Ink in Boise, Idaho. Weltner served as series producer for Idaho Experience on Idaho Public Television and co-produced the Emmy Award-winning episode "Taking the Reins" for the series’ first season.

  • Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb

    Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb has served three terms in the Idaho State Senate; she served one term in the Idaho House of Representatives. Currently the assistant minority leader, Senator Buckner-Webb is Idaho's first elected African-American state legislator.

  • Dr. Rebecca Scofield

    Dr. Rebecca Scofield, a native of Emmett, Idaho, received her PhD in American Studies from Harvard University and is now an assistant professor of American history at the University of Idaho. Her book, "Outriders: Rodeo at the Fringes of the America West," focuses on marginalized rodeoers in the twentieth century.

  • Mariela Esquivel-Rodriguez

    Mariela Esquivel-Rodriguez is a 2020 graduate of Caldwell High School and was the first recipient of her school’s Distinguished Student Award in the TRIO Upward Bound program, was a Junior Coach for “Girls on the Run,” and was the programming chair for the 3rd Annual Young Women in Leadership Conference at NNU. For her efforts, Esquivel-Rodriguez was awarded the prestigious YMCA Civic Engagement Scholarship in 2020. She will attend Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) this fall and plans to become a social worker.

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