Posted by: whimsicallibrarians | February 5, 2008

The Right to Vote

Susan B. Anthony, a champion of women’s rights, would surely be knee deep in today’s elections and the campaigns.  She spent a good part of her life struggling to gain voting rights for women and equal rights for all.  In 1869 she attended the first woman suffrage convention in Washington, D.C. In 1872 she was arrested for voting and is indicated in Albany.  In 1905 Anthony meets with President Theodore Roosevelt in Washington, D.C. about submitting a suffrage amendment to Congress.  In 1920 the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, grants the right to vote to all U.S. women over 21. 

We’ve come a ways since the 1920’s.  Women are Senators, Governors, Legislatures, and maybe even a President?

The Library of Congress has a great website where you can view some great pictures of Susan B. Anthony, get a look at the notes from her trial, and have the opportunity to see what an outstanding woman she was. (Use the search box and type in Susan B. Anthony)

This Sunday, at our library, Susan Matson will, for a little while, become Susan B. Anthony.  Letters, speeches and diaries will be used in her one woman show, to reveal Miss Anthony’s wit and fury.  Her works transport the audience to the time of the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, fights over Constitutional Amendments, and Westward expansion.

This great presentation will inspire woman and their daughters and will remind us all how precious our vote in the upcoming election can be.  Join us at 2:00, February 3rd.  We will be also showing the movie “Iron Jawed Angels”, a true story about the brilliant young activists Alice Paul, and Lucy Burns, on Wednesday, February 13th at 2:00.  Hope you can join us.

Nancy

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