“Votes for Women: Massachusetts Leaders in the Women’s Suffrage Movement.” Presented by Barbara Berenson.
Long before the Civil War, Lucy Stone and other abolitionists launched the organized women’s movement. After the war, state activities founded the Boston-based American Woman Suffrage Association to lead campaigns across the country. Their work laid the foundation for the next generation of suffragists to triumph over tradition. Barbara Berenson is the author of Massachusetts in the in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers (2118); Boston in the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution (2014); and Walking Tours of Civil War Boston: Hub of Abolitionism (2011, 2nd Edition). She is the co-editor of Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts (2012). She earned her undergraduate and law degrees at Harvard University, and she works as a Senior Attorney at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. She serves on the Boards of Boston By Foot and the Royall House and Slave Quarters. Barbara will tell the story of the national suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution from the perspective of early Massachusetts suffragettes. This program is co-sponsored by the Bedford League of Women Voters.