Please note that this event has been cancelled.
Ellie Carlson of ElliePresents will give a presentation on women’s history entitled “Hindsight is 2020.” The presentation is included with general admission to Edison Ford.
Women’s History Month is a month-long celebration of women’s contributions to society and history observed during the month of March. In the U.S., it has been officially celebrated since 1987. August 26 will be the 100 year anniversary since the 19th Amendment was passed, granting American women the right to vote in all elections.
Countless people labored for decades to bring enfranchisement to both genders. This year-long series of portrayals, programs and events focuses on the past 100 years of women’s influence. While the nation expanded westward, women’s suffrage expanded eastward. Illinois was the very first state east of the Mississippi to allow women to vote in municipal elections. As the western women encouraged their eastern sisters, the movement spread across the nation, culminating in national suffrage by the end of the second decade in the twentieth century.
This presentation will focus on the influence of trade and teachers’ unions, women in higher education, fundraising through cookbooks and bazaars, marches, songs, letter writing campaigns and how women’s influence over the voting men in their lives brought about the reform.