Pivotal event in women's rights movement re-enacted
March 9, 2004
KALAMAZOO--Activities for Women's History Month at Western Michigan University begin with faculty members from the Center for Women's Studies re-enacting events surrounding a pivotal moment in the women's rights movement.
"Tempest in a Teapot: Planning the Seneca Falls Convention," will be staged in the Lee Honors College Lounge at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 11. The performance is free and open to the public. It re-enacts the events leading up to the July 1848 convention, which launched the woman suffrage movement in the United States.
Other events planned for Women's History Month are screenings
of the film "Iron-Jawed Angel," chronicling the life
of Alice Paul, at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 16-17,
in Room G-0111 of Moore Hall, and the Women's Studies Symposium
Friday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Room 3041 of Moore
Hall. The symposium will feature papers presented by several
joint-appointed faculty members and women's studies instructors.
All events are free, open to the public and sponsored by the
Center for Women's Studies.
More than 70 years after the Seneca Falls Convention, women finally gained the right to vote. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1920, granting women suffrage. Only one of the women who signed of the Declaration of Sentiments in 1848 lived long enough to vote in the presidential election of 1920.
Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, firstname.lastname@example.org