Berlin presentation to mark 100 years of women's suffrage

Published on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 20:29
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - The Berlin Historical Society is hosting a presentation by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 21, in honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

The inaugural presentation of “Votes for Women” will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Berlin Historical Society Museum, 305 Main St.

Pam Dougherty, CWHF director of development, will highlight Connecticut women who fought on the local, state and national level for the right to vote, according to a release for the event.

She will profile Connecticut women in the suffrage movement, including the Smith sisters of Glastonbury, Katherine Houghton Hepburn (the actress’s mother), Alice Paul, Mary Townsend Seymour, Florence Griswold and Catherine Beecher.

Women got the right to vote on Aug. 26, 1920, when the 19th amendment to the Constitution was ratified after nearly 100 years of fighting for it, according to the release.

A lively reception in honor of Women’s History Month, which is March, will be held before the presentation.

The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame is an educational outreach organization whose mission is to honor publicly the achievements of Connecticut women, preserve their stories, educate the public and inspire the continued achievements of women and girls, according to the release. It was founded in 1994 in Hartford.

Dougherty previously worked at the College Board in New York City, the Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport, and LifeBridge Community Services, and volunteered in her children’s schools before working in the nonprofit sector, the release said.

Admission to the event is free, but seating is very limited, and reservations are advised. Call 860-828-5114 to register.

The Berlin Historical Society is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization devoted to preserving and sharing Berlin’s rich cultural heritage through events, exhibits, and education programs that make the past relevant for all ages.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 20:29. Updated: Wednesday, 27 February 2019 20:32.