“Women of Color and the Right to Vote” program for August 26th



Connecticut Historical Society


New Haven Museum

will offer a free program entitled “The Work Must be Done: Women of Color and the Right to Vote” from August 26th until 1:00 pm, according to a press release.

The program, held online through Zoom, marks Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the day the Nineteenth Amendment went into effect and prohibits the state and federal government from denying citizens the right to vote on the basis of gender.

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“At the celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage this year, the New Haven Museum (NHM) recognizes that women of color remained largely disenfranchised despite the passage of the 19th Amendment,” the statement said. “… The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) will present exciting new research on the women of color who have worked for women’s suffrage and extended suffrage” in the program.

The program will include “Conversations on the Importance of a Comprehensive Story,” the press release said. “Ilene Frank, CHS chief curator, Karen Li Miller, CHS research historian, and Professor Brittney Yancy from Goodwin University will tell the stories of women like (African-American reformer and political activist Mary Townsend) Seymour, Rose Payton, Minnie Glover , Sarah Brown Flemming and others. “

“Participants will gain a fuller understanding of the role of women of color in the women’s electoral movement and of the restrictions due to systemic racism that prevent women of color from officially participating in the movement,” Frank said in the press release.

The program was made possible with support from Connecticut Humanities, the press release said.


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