Women's Suffrage Centennial

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On August 18, 1920, the United States ratified the 19th Amendment, making women's right to vote a part of our nation's Constitution. 

Now is a great time to reflect on the history and future of voting rights in this country. Join WFPL in the coming months as we celebrate the Women's Suffrage Centennial with virtual events, free and open to all!

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I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone virtual performance by History at PlayTM, LLC (via Zoom)

Thursday, 9/17 | 7 PM | In this fiery one-woman performance by History at Play (TM, LLC), Judith Kalaora will become Lucy Stone: a fierce abolitionist, a women’s rights activist, and the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree. Challenging descrimination is not easy, but Lucy Stone is never one to take the easy road. Even Susan B. Anthony credited Lucy Stone for her involvement in the tumultuous women’s rights movement. The fight for suffrage is ferocious, so come along for the ride! 

This event is being held in partnership with the Watertown Free Public Library and the Historical Society of Watertown. It is made possible thanks to a grant from the Watertown Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. 

Register via Zoom: bit.ly/LucyStoneSep17 

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After Suffrage: A 20/20 Perspective On Women’s Rights with Author Barbara Berenson (via Zoom)

Thursday, 10/1 | 7 PM | In this virtual lecture, historian and Barbara Berenson will address women’s rights after they finally achieved access to the ballot in 1920. How have women fared politically and legally over the past century? Berenson will review some of the key developments with a focus on the century-long and still ongoing campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment. She will also discuss the historical connections between women who opposed suffrage and those who oppose women’s rights today.

Register via Zoom: bit.ly/AfterSuffrageOct1