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History Luncheon: The Women's Suffrage Fight

2018-11-01 The Woman's Hour

The Historical Society of Rockland County and Northwest Bergen History Coalition Invite You to

A Women's Suffrage Luncheon & Presentation
with Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman's Hour

When: Thursday, November 1, 11:30 am
Where: Historic Ramsey Country Club, 105 Lakeside Drive, Ramsey, NJ
Price: $50 per person (cash bar)

Join us as the noted author Elaine Weiss shares a(nother) moment in history that changed all of our lives.

In 1920, after seventy years of struggle begun by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote was near to passing. The amendment had 35 “yes” votes but needed one more. Tennessee was their last chance. That August brought a divergent group of suffragists, or “Suffs,” to Tennessee, a holdout state that could push the count to 36. They came to confront the “Antis” (women who feared the moral decay of the family and nation) and the Tennessee politicians who did not want women to influence the upcoming election.

Elaine Weiss brings together all the elements of this turbulent time in which “the core themes of American history—race, class, money, gender, states’ rights, power and democracy—all came to play in Nashville.” Indeed, the original suffragists for women’s rights had begun as abolitionists working to abolish slavery. Now, descending on Tennessee, later suffragists, led by Carrie Chapman Catt, Sue White, and Alice Paul, who often differed among themselves, would be challenged by most men and by Josephine Pearson, proud leader of the Tennessee “Antis.”

About the Speaker: Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer. Her first book, Fruits of Victory: The Woman’s Land Army in the Great War, was excerpted in Smithsonian Magazine online and featured on C-Span and public radio stations nationwide. Highly acclaimed by the New York Times Sunday Book Review, The Woman’s Hour has been optioned by Amblin TV for adaptation as a TV movie or limited series.


Tickets can also be purchased using a credit card by calling the Historical Society of Rockland County at (845) 634-9629 or by downloading the registration form below and returning it with payment by October 24, 2018, to:

U.S.R. Historical Society
245 Lake Street
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458

Make checks payable to: U.S.R. Historical Society.

Tickets are "will call" only; your name will be on a list at the door. Directions will be emailed to you with your confirmed reservati
on. For additional information, contact Michelle Dugan at (201) 995-0171.

Note: For advance reading, books may be purchased ahead for $20 at The Hermitage Museum, Ho-Ho-Kus, and Mahwah Museum. You may also reserve copies to purchase at the luncheon by using the downloadable PDF; by answering the question on the Brown Paper Tickets site (; or by letting us know by phone at (845) 634-9629 by October 24, 2018.

2018-11-10 Women's Suffrage History Luncheon Registration PDF


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