Rabia Belt

Event Information

Date & Time
December 7, 2017 -
11:45am to 1:00pm
Clayman Institute
589 Capistrano Way
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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Faculty Research Fellows Lunch with Rabia Belt


Rabia Belt: "Outcasts From the Vote: Women Suffrage and Disability Over the Long 19th Century United States"

Drawing upon a diverse array of sources, from visual media to legislative documents, I excavate a deep involvement with mental disability by suffrage activists for the white woman suffrage movement in the long 19th century United States. This connection begins with the white suffrage movement at Seneca Falls, travels throughout the nineteenth century into the early twentieth century, and stretches across the United States. Elite white woman suffrage activists employed a variety of tactics that utilized tropes about "lunatics" and "idiots" in a campaign to shore up their own potential enfranchisability.

Rabia Belt is Assistant Professor of Law.

 Stanford faculty are invited to join us for lunch and a discussion.  Please RSVP to Wendy Skidmore if you would like to attend.  


  • Rabia Belt
    • Assistant Professor, Law
    • Faculty Research Fellow, 2017-18
    Rabia Belt is a legal historian whose scholarship focuses on disability and citizenship. Her scholarship ranges from cultural analysis of disability in media, to contemporary issues facing voters with disability, to the historical treatment of disabled Americans. She is currently writing a book titled, “Disabling Democracy in America: Disability, Citizenship, Suffrage, and the Law, 1819-1920.” In 2015, the American...