Votes for Women! Reading & Discussion Series

Note: April 2 class canceled due to weather. There will be a make-up class on April 23.

2017 marked the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York, and in 2020, the nation will celebrate 100 years of the 19th Amendment. The history of the women’s suffrage movement in our state and nation spanned seventy years, from the 1848 meeting convened by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in Seneca Falls to the tactics wielded by Alice Paul, and includes overlooked stories and actors.

Our book selections — which include history, biography, and fiction — provide a window into this chapter of American social progress and a springboard into ongoing discussions of women’s — and by extension, our society’s — past, present, and future.

Reading List

A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot by Mary Walton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life by Lori D. Ginzberg

Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement by Sally McMillen

Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York by Marge Piercy

Votes for Women: The Struggle for Suffrage Revisited edited by Jean H. Baker

Humanities NY will lend participants copies of A Woman’s Crusade, Seneca Falls, and Votes for Women to use for the duration of the series. Participants are asked to obtain their own copies ofElizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life by Lori D. Ginzberg andSex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York by Marge Piercy (available through interlibrary loan).

Poet George Wallace will facilitate this six-week NYCH series on Mondays at 1 – 3 p.m. from March 12 – April 16. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.

Please email events@waltwhitman.org or call 631-427-5240 ext. 112 to register.

Sponsored by Humanities NY. 

Click here for the revised (as of 2/14/18) Votes-For-Women-2018-Revised-Syllabus.