Professor MacNeil grew up in the women’s rights movement of the 1960s and 70s, marching in Take Back the Night Rallies and singing the songs of the women’s movement. My hometown of Ithaca, NY is about 40 miles from Seneca Falls, where the first Convention on Women’s Rights was held July 19 and 20, 1848. My grandmother was a member of the Wyoming County Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), my mother was a Link Trainer operator during World War II, and my godmother authored the first women’s reproductive rights legislation for the state of New York – the legislation on which Roe v. Wade is based. I am thrilled to be working with you all this semester and to be exploring the history and music of the American women’s movements from the 19th to the 20th centuries. The material content of our course this semester pays homage to women’s struggles for voting rights and equality – struggles that have resulted in 2020 in the inauguration of the first female vice-president of the United States.