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Taking Our Place in Politics Exhibit and Events

A new exhibit, “Votes for Women: Taking Our Place in
Politics,” opens in the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College on
February 7. Several events are planned in conjunction with this exhibit that was
inspired by the campaign for women’s suffrage in the United States, the 100th
anniversary of the final pushes in the Senate for the 19th Amendment, and the
ratification nationally of women’s right to vote. Alliances formed for and
against women’s suffrage reveal important divisions in American society in the
first part of the 20th century, with roots before the Civil War, and branches
that continue to this day. Votes for Women explores women’s sphere as it
expands to include political office, considers the changing understandings of
civic virtue, and reveals difficult choices that political movements must make
in pursuit of their goals. Throughout, it highlights topics with a contemporary
resonance: women’s position in society, social protest, racial divisions, and
political engagement.

The exhibit will include the display of wax figures of
two prominent leaders in the campaign for equality, through a loan from the
Baltimore-based National Great Blacks in Wax Museum. A wax figure of Ida B.
Wells will be on display in February and March and a wax figure of Mary Church
Terrell, in April and May.

Unless otherwise noted, the events are free and open to
the public.

Herstory: Amazing American Women Pioneers

Wednesday,
February 6, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Chesapeake
Theater

Reservation recommended: slove@harford.edu or
443.412.2224

Through the use of LIVE music, narration and archival
video, celebrate pioneers who overcame enormous odds and changed the course of
history. Relive the legend of Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell, Susan B.
Anthony, Elizabeth Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Sara Winnemucca, Sonja Sotomayor
and others.  

“Votes for Women: Taking Our Place in Politics” Exhibit
Opening

Thursday,
February 7, Hays-Heighe House

Opening
Reception: 1 to 5 PM

Curator Walk: 2
and 4 PM

The
exhibit, which runs February 7 to June 1, was inspired by the campaign for
women’s suffrage in the United States, the 100th anniversary of the
final pushes in the Senate for the 19th Amendment, and the
ratification of women’s right to vote. It is co-curated by Harford Community
College’s Stephanie Hallock, Professor of Political Science and Coordinator for
Global Engagement, and Gina Calia-Lotz, Instructional Services Librarian, with
additional participation by Sharoll Love, Student Diversity Specialist. No
admission fee, but reservations are recommended for the curator walks. Call
443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu.

Black Women’s Clubs and the Suffrage Movement

Thursday,
February 14, 12:30 to 2 PM, Hays-Heighe House

Despite the familiar narrative, middle class white women
did not fight for suffrage alone. African American women, who had long been
excluded from white women’s Progressive-era organizations, made suffrage one of
the many crucial causes they took up in their own women’s clubs. During the
event, which will be presented by Sylvea Hollis, Postdoctoral fellow at Morgan
State University, participants will learn about these organizations and the
famous individuals who committed to securing women’s rights. No admission fee,
but reservations are recommended. Call 443-412-2539 or email
haysheighe@harford.edu.

For Colored Girls
Who Have Considered Politics
Book Discussion

Tuesday, February
26, 12:30 to 2 PM, Hays-Heighe House

This book is a sweeping view of American history from the
vantage points of four women who have lived and worked behind the scenes in
politics for over 30 years, Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and
Minyon Moore, a group of women who call themselves The Colored Girls. Like many
people who have spent their careers in public service, they view their lives in
four-year waves where presidential campaigns and elections have been common
threads. The book discussion will be led by Iris Leigh Barnes, Curator of the
Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum. No admission fee, but reservations
are recommended. Call 443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu.

Iron-Jawed Angels Film
Screening

Thursday,
February 28, 12:30 to 3 PM, Student Center, Room 243

Defiant young activists take the women’s suffrage
movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the
right to vote.

Amending America:
How Women Won the Vote
Living History Presentation

Tuesday, March 5,
12:30 to 2 PM, Student Center, Room 243

Performer Kate Campbell Stevenson brings to life early
women’s rights activists Abigail Adams, Rose Crabtree, Alice Paul and Eleanor
Roosevelt. A better understanding of women’s history and their struggles
empowers us all for the future. No admission fee, but reservations are
recommended. Call 443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu.

Maryland Women’s Suffrage Movement Lecture

Thursday, March
14, 6:30 to 8 PM, Hays-Heighe House

Historic preservationist and community planner Kacy Rohn
researches suffrage activities in Maryland, and with the support of Maryland
Historic Trust, created a Story Map of important people, places, and events,
which she will share during the lecture. No admission fee, but reservations are
recommended. Call 443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu.

Historical Debate Night: The Equal Rights Amendment

Thursday, March
28, 6:30 to 8 PM, Hays-Heighe House

Social activism around women’s rights is gaining momentum
again today, and so is support for the E.R.A. Join us to watch some of the
1970’s arguments recreated, and share your own views on the amendment as well.
No admission fee, but reservations are recommended. Call 443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu.

A Nursery for Militant Suffragists: Activism at Goucher
College Presentation/Lecture

Tuesday, April 2,
12:30 to 1:30 PM, Hays-Heighe House

In the first decades of the 20th century,
dozens of Goucher students and faculty took part in marches, protests, and
pickets for women’s suffrage, while the college administration struggled to
develop a firm stance on the matter. Sheller’s recent project to uncover the
story brought together Goucher alumnae with the college librarian and the
curator for special collections, and reclaimed a proud part of Goucher’s
history as an outstanding women’s college. The lecture is presented by Tina
Hirsch Sheller, Assistant Professor of History and Historic Preservation at Goucher
College. No admission fee, but reservations are recommended. Call 443-412-2539
or email haysheighe@harford.edu.

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