Prior to 1920, women were denied the vote in the majority of elections in the United States. The struggle for enfranchisement began with the birth of our nation and was strategized differently in our local, state, and federal elections. Despite what people today believe to be a straightforward goal, the path to women’s suffrage was infused with sexism and racism and triggered a fear of feminism whose roots are still seen today. While wealthy women advocates played a vital role in the suffrage movement, they were not the only ones seeking enfranchisement attorney Ellen Martin, the first woman to vote in Illinois, to Ida B. Wells, a woman who did not let racism stop her voice, women’s suffrage has been a battle hard fought by a diverse group of activists in Illinois. Don’t miss this Illinois Humanities Road Scholars program presented virtually by Road Scholars speaker Jeanne Schultz Angel. Pre-registration through the Oswegoland Park District is required and space is limited. After registering, participants will receive a unique Zoom link to access the program. Hosted by the Oswegoland Heritage Association in partnership with the Oswegoland Park District. Wednesday September 28, 7:00pm-8:00pm. Suitable for ages 16+. Free.
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