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Cancelled: Women’s Suffrage
March 24, 25, 31, April 1 (Tuesdays / Wednesdays)
Centennial Celebrations: Why We Need to Communicate the Complexity of the 19th Amendment
Tuesday, March 24
Hunger strikes, air drops, cross country auto treks, petitions, targeted lobbies, segregated conventions and vigils are some actions used by activists in their quest for the passage of the 19th Amendment. This activism shows the willingness by suffragists to breach the boundaries of respectable behavior and helps to complicate the conversation surrounding the diverse positions of voting activists.
Kyle Ciani, Associate Professor of History and Core Faculty in Women’s & Gender Studies, ISU
Ahead of Their Time: A Brief History of Woman Suffrage in Illinois
Wednesday, March 25
When the 1870 Illinois Constitutional Convention refused to give the franchise to women, the state’s distaff sex worked to gain equal rights and protections by championing individual laws. Through the efforts of determined women, Illinois allowed females to vote in all local and state education-related elections in 1891. Learn of the battle Illinois suffragists fought in 1913 to become the first state east of the Mississippi River to allow women to vote for the President.
Mark Sorensen, Retired Assistant Director, Illinois State Archives
Womanly Liberty and Home Protection: How Frances Willard Promoted Suffrage
Tuesday, March 31
In 1874, when the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was formed, woman suffrage was definitely not part of its platform. Learn how reformer (and Illinoisan) Frances Willard persuaded a reluctant WCTU to endorse suffrage—and become a surprisingly powerful force in the national women’s rights movement.
Janet Olson, Archivist, Frances Willard Memorial Library and Woman’s Christian Temperance Union Archives, Evanston, IL
Closer to Home: A Conversation About Sarah Raymond
Wednesday, April 1
Sarah Raymond was the nation’s first female school superintendent, Bloomington, IL. As an early graduate of Illinois State Normal University, a teacher, principal, and superintendent, Raymond challenged issues like progressive pedagogy, gender and race. In 1892 she experienced first-hand women voting in school board elections.
Monica Noraian, Associate Prof of History, Director of History-Social Sciences Education Program, ISU
The Federal Suffrage Movement: Hazle Buck Ewing’s Fight for All Women’s Equality
Hazle Buck Ewing joined the women’s suffrage movement in 1915, devoting the next four years to working with local, state and national leaders to help secure voting rights for women. Ewing was a lifelong member of the Bloomington League of Women Voters, encouraging women to be informed and active citizens in government.
Toni Tucker, Associate Director University Advancement, Director Ewing Cultural Center, ISU
*Walk-in for Women’s Suffrage, $15.00 for individual session pay at the door.