Celebrating 100th Anniversary of women’s right to vote

The Voices of the Suffragists will be live-streamed on August 20 at 5:30 p.m. by the Florida Studio Theater (FST).  Live actors will tell the stories of the struggles, hardships, and triumphs of women who fought for the right to vote 100 years ago. This FREE event requires registration. Click here.  Enter your free ticket quantity and click “Purchase”  to register.  Questions?  Call the Studio’s box office at 941-366-9017.

The 19th amendment guaranteed suffrage, the right to vote, to women in the U. S. with two simple but powerful sentences:

A suffragist sits in jail.

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

The Voices of the Suffragists tells the stories of suffragists in their own words. We hear and see the struggles as the suffragists were beaten, jailed, and ridiculed for their heretical beliefs.

In a letter to her husband, we hear Abigail Adams implore John to include women’s rights as he and other delegates to the Continental Congress write the U. S. Constitution. In those days, women were not only denied the right to vote, but they were denied the right to own property or chose their husbands.

Suffragists march in New York

We also hear a freed black slave, Sojourner Truth, address the first women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, NY in 1848. She asks if she does the work of a man why she isn’t given the same rights as a man.

The path for basic human rights and dignity is long and difficult. We have come a long way, but our work is not finished. Let’s take inspiration from these stories as we press on. If you want to join the fight for equal rights for all, please visit Charlotte County Democratic Women’s Club.

Read more about the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

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