for Women: A Brief History of Our Right to Vote
20 7 PM
On Thursday, January
20, at 7 p.m., Windsor Historical Society and Windsor/North Central
League of Women Voters jointly sponsor Votes for Women: a Brief History
of Our Right to Vote, a lecture by Dr. Laurel A. Clark, Assistant
Professor of History at the University of Hartford. This lecture is
held in conjunction with the Windsor/North Central League of Women
Voters’ exhibition, Marching in Their Footsteps, commemorating the 90th
anniversary of the League and the right of women to vote in the United
States on view in the Society’s meeting room through January.
Dr. Clark will
focus on the National Woman’s Movement at three different points in
time. For many of the women at the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848,
property rights and divorce were issues of more concern than suffrage.
In the period following the Civil War, issues of race, gender and
immigration as related to suffrage were hotly debated. Should suffrage
be extended to African-American men or to women first? The Fifteenth
Amendment was ratified in 1870, the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. In
the early 20th century, most working-class women were loyal to and well
served by their unions. At the same time, many middle and upper-class
women regarded unions with repugnance. The challenge for the National
Women’s Movement in the three generations between the Seneca Falls
Convention and the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment lay in appeasing
and appealing to shifting coalitions of women.
Who supported the
women’s movement, who was against it and how they constructed their
arguments is a complex and fascinating segment of American history.
Learn more at the lecture, and see how these issues were played out in
Connecticut at the Marching in their Footsteps exhibition. Lecture cost
is $6 for adults; $5 for students and seniors; and $4 for Windsor
Historical Society and League of Women Voter members.