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The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

  • Bowdoin College - Visual Arts Center 239 Maine St Brunswick, ME 04011 (map)

Join Bowdoin Votes in celebrating the centennial of the passage of women’s suffrage.

The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote dramatically illuminates the suffrage movement’s final six weeks, when a dozen states had refused to ratify the 19th Amendment and its fate hinged on the decision to be made by Tennessee. In her talk, author Elaine Weiss will discuss the key figures and stakes on all sides, outline the dizzying repertoire of political dirty tricks in play, and put the suffrage campaign into the context of later movements for freedom and equality.

Coming on the eve of an election day that might otherwise be easy to overlook, Ms. Weiss’ visit will underscore the importance of each citizen exercising their right to vote, in every election.

The Woman's Hour is being adapted into a TV series by producers Steven Spielberg and Hillary Clinton. Elaine Weiss' journalism and magazine feature writing has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, and her by-line has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, New York Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as reports and documentaries for National Public Radio and Voice of America. She has been a frequent correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.

This event is sponsored by the Edith Lansing Koon Sills Lecture Fund.