"Our Rightful Heritage of Self Government": Suffragist Elizabeth Upham Yates' Life and Work after the Passage of the Nineteenth Amendment

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"Our Rightful Heritage of Self Government": Suffragist Elizabeth Upham Yates' Life and Work after the Passage of the Nineteenth Amendment “If I could live another century!” Women’s Suffrage After Susan B. Anthony

You’re invited to participate in “If I could live another century!” Framed by Susan B Anthony’s wish, this series intends to guide, educate, and inspire participants through the years that Susan was unable to see herself. This is accomplished through artwork, re-enactment, and author presentations about the suffrage movement directly before and after the passing of the 19th amendment.

This event is being held at the Adams Free Library -92 Park Street, Adams, MA 01220

 

“In this glad hour, pulpit, press, and political parties vie with one another in according us welcome as the gate of opportunity, so long closed, swings open and we enter into our rightful heritage of self-government. It is difficult to realize the long and bitter conflict with prejudice, privilege, and power ere this day of freedom dawned.”

Second-generation women's suffragist, Elizabeth Upham Yates spoke these words when the Nineteenth Amendment passed the U.S. Congress and was signed into law in 1920. What was next for former suffragists like her? Were politically-minded women able to convert their right to vote into real political and social progress for women in the 1920s and 1930s? Dr. Shannon Risk, professor of history at Niagara University, will explore the "what next" based on her book about Yates' life titled: “The Life and Times of Elizabeth Upham Yates: A Crusader for Women’s

Suffrage, Temperance, and Missionary Work.”

Speaker: Prof. Shannon Risk

Dr. Risk joined Niagara University in 2009, where she directs the public history minor as well as the M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her current research focuses on organizational structures of U.S. progressive-era women’s rights organizations. She holds a Ph.D. and a master's degree in history from the University of Maine, and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Northern Iowa.

All events are free to the public.

RSVP online @ susanbanthonybirthplace.com