Barbara Berenson

Newton will be celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage over the next year, and a coalition of groups working with the Mayor’s Office to plan a variety of events.  The first will be on October 30th, so mark your calendars!

On Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 7:00pm, the League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) will be co-sponsoring a Newton Free Library event, together with Historic Newton and the Newton Human Rights Commission, to be hosted by author and guest Barbara Berenson. The event, “After Suffrage: A 20/20 Perspective on Women’s Rights, 1920 – 2020” is a talk that will explore how women have fared politically and legally over the past century; consider how women activists have built alliances and shaped laws in an effort to combat stereotypes, discrimination and gender-based violence at home, at work and in the public sphere; review some of the key developments over the past century including a discussion of the long and ongoing campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment ; and discuss the historical connections between women who opposed suffrage and those who oppose women’s rights today.

Barbara Berenson is the author of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers (2018), Boston in the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution (2014) and Walking Tours of Civil War Boston: Hub of Abolitionism (2011, 2d ed. 2014). She is the co-editor of Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts (2012).

For more information call the Newton Free Library at 617-796-1360. All programs are free and open to the public, parking is free. The Newton Free Library is an accessible facility.

P.S.  Even though there is a lot going on in Newton right now,  I wanted to share this issue of the Library of Congress magazine on 100 years of women having the right to vote.  This is for all you history buffs out there:  Library of Congress magazine on women’s suffrage