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Casting a Historic Vote: Suffrage for Women in Illinois

March 21 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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. From attorney Ellen Martin, the first woman to vote in Illinois, to Ida B. Wells, a woman who did not let racism silence her voice, women’s suffrage has been a battle hard fought by a diverse group of activists in Illinois.

Presenter Jeanne Schultz Angel gives audiences an enlightening look at the history of universal suffrage nationally, and right here in Illinois. She is the Associate Vice President at Naper Settlement and lectures for Oakton Community College and McHenry Community College. As a returning Road Scholar, Jeanne has presented to numerous libraries and museums around the state.

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Illinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council Agency], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations.



March 21
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Waubonsee Community College
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Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove Campus
Route 47 @ Waubonsee Drive
Sugar Grove, IL 60554 United States
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