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Date:
October 24, 2019
Time:
7:30 PM
Time Details:
Annual Meeting begins at 7:00 p.m., lecture to follow.
Location:
Weston Public Library
Address:
87 School Street
Weston, MA 02493
Cost:
all are welcome
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Weston Historical Society Lecture: Women's Suffrage in Mass.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

One hundred years ago, in June 1919, Massachusetts ratified the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. The central role of Massachusetts in the national struggle for women’s rights is the focus of the Weston Historical Society fall meeting featuring Barbara F. Berenson, author of "Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement." Berenson's book traces the fight for women's rights back to the 1830s, when Massachusetts women opposed to slavery sought to participate in political debates. They launched the organized movement at the first National Women's Rights Convention in America in Worcester in 1850. Boston was the home of an entire critical national wing of the movement called the American Woman Suffrage Association and home of the most significant suffrage newspaper, the "Woman’s Journal." New tactics critical to the movement were piloted in Massachusetts for the first time, such as open-air campaigns where suffragists took their message directly to audiences.