Votes for Women: Ridgefield Celebrates the 19th Amendment
“The right of citizens . . . to vote shall not be abridged . . . on account of sex.” So reads the 19th amendment which was ratified in August 1920. Join us in 2020 as we explore the history of the women suffrage movement and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment! There will be a whole year of programs including exhibits, theatrical and musical performances, field trips, discussions, film screenings and more to commemorate this special anniversary.
The Votes for Women series is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Ridgefield, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Historical Society, Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center and Drum Hill Chapter of the DAR
Votes for Women: The Road To Victory
@ Ridgefield Library @ Ridgefield Town Hall
Sunday, March 1 to Monday, March 30, 2020
Votes for Women: The Road to Victory is a beautifully rendered, eleven-panel exhibit that seamlessly blends original artwork with a visually stimulating overview of Women’s Suffrage history in celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment. The colorful and playful panels depict various themes and periods of American Suffrage on the local, state, and national levels, outlining significant campaigns and famous suffragists including key Connecticut and Ridgefield proponents. In addition, this provocative exhibit will shed light on the anti-suffragist movement, the exclusion of black women from white suffrage movements and the subsequent development of a parallel black suffrage movement, the ongoing fight for equal rights, and the continued disenfranchisement of women. In addition to the exhibit at the Library there will be a Suffrage Exhibit taking place at Town Hall during March, which will feature artifacts and more!
The exhibit is researched by the Ridgefield Historical Society and the League of Women Voters of Ridgefield, created by local artist Bil Mikulewicz, and curated by Dr. Heather Prescott, an expert in the field and a faculty member at Central Connecticut State University.
ARTalk – Women’s Work: A History of Art with Dr. Molleen Theodore
Sunday, March 8, 2 PM @ Ridgefield Library
Join Dr. Molleen Theodore, Associate Curator of Programs at Yale University Art Gallery and MOMA Educator, for a lecture focused on modern and contemporary artwork produced by women. We will look closely at objects across media and discuss social and historical context, reception, and institutional structures, positioning women at the center of this story. Almost fifty years after Linda Nochlin’s groundbreaking essay, Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?, there is still much to uncover about the role and contributions of women in the history of art.
Carrie Chapman Catt: Suffragist, Founder of the League of Women Voters and National Women’s Hall of Fame Honoree with American Theater Guild’s Historical Interpreter Pat Jordan
Saturday, March 14, 2:30 PM @ Ridgefield Library
Born in 1859, Carrie Chapman Catt became a popular school superintendent, charismatic lecturer, astute organizer and two-time president of the National American Women Suffrage Association. She was a major force in the 19th Amendment becoming a reality in 1920. Carrie was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, worked for world peace and was awarded the American Hebrew Medal for her efforts in WWI.
This program is presented by the League of Women Voters of Ridgefield and Ridgefield Library. Please register.
The Women Who Rode Away: A Multi-Media Concert with Natalia Zukerman
Sunday, March 22, 2 PM @ Ridgefield Library
Natalia Zukerman will present The Women Who Rode Away, her multi-media show as part of the Library’s Ridgefield Folk and Votes for Women series.
“This is simply one of the most compelling and riveting events we have ever hosted on The Extended Play Sessions. It speaks of empowerment, struggle, tolerance, perseverance and history and the timeliness of this project could not be more poignant. A woman, seated alone on a stage, playing tribute to women…with beauty, style, grace and a boatload of talent!” Bill Hurley – Producer, The Extended Play Sessions. Please register.
The Women’s Hour: The Great Fight for the Vote – An Author Talk with Elaine Weiss
Sunday, April 19, 2 PM @ Ridgefield Library
Elaine Weiss is a journalist and author whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor , as well as in reports and documentaries for National Public Radio and Voice of America. A MacDowell Colony Fellow and Pushcart Prize Editor’s Choice honoree, she is the author of the highly acclaimed narrative non-fiction book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight for the Vote (Viking 2018), hailed as a “riveting, nail-biting political thriller” with powerful parallels to today’s political environment. Weiss is also the author of Fruits of Victory: The Woman’s Land Army in the Great War , the inspiring story of a long-forgotten women’s movement. She lives in Baltimore. Please register.
African American Suffragettes and Black Women Voters: Making Herstory with Professor Gloria Browne-Marshall
Saturday, May 16, 4 PM @ Ridgefield Library
Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is a Professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY). She teaches classes in Constitutional Law, Race and the Law, Evidence, and Gender and Justice. She taught in the Africana Studies Program at Vassar College prior to John Jay. She is a civil rights attorney who litigated cases for Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama, Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc.. She addresses audiences nationally and internationally. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall has spoken on issues of law and justice in Ghana, Rwanda, England, Wales, Canada, South Africa and before the United Nations in Geneva. For a full bio click here.
Votes for Women: The Road To Victory
@ Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center
Saturday, August 1 through Monday, August 31, 2020
Votes for Women: The Road to Victory is a beautifully rendered, eleven-panel exhibit that seamlessly blends original artwork with a visually stimulating overview of Women’s Suffrage history in celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment. The colorful and playful panels depict various themes and periods of American Suffrage on the local, state, and national levels, outlining significant campaigns and famous suffragists including key Connecticut and Ridgefield proponents. In addition, this provocative exhibit will shed light on the anti-suffragist movement, the exclusion of black women from white suffrage movements and the subsequent development of a parallel black suffrage movement, the ongoing fight for equal rights, and the continued disenfranchisement of women.