Commemorate the 2020 centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment granting American women the right to vote with one of these programs from Carol Simon Levin:
- Reclaiming Our Voice chronicles New Jersey's role in the fight for women's voting rights
- Pickets & Persistence: War Service and Woman Suffrage examines the fight from a national perspective
- Remembering the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates (based on her book) tells the stories of women who championed women's participation in civic affairs over more than two centuries
With current threats to our electoral system, knowledge of the history of our democracy is increasingly vital—these programs demonstrate that women were not “given” the vote, but fought for it for generations.
Carol's newest program chronicles New Jersey’s largely overlooked role in the women's suffrage movement. As the only state to have woman suffrage (the NJ 1776 state constitution enabled some women to vote), then lose it (the all-male legislature took it away in 1807), NJ was a symbol to many suffragists.
Nationally-known suffrage advocates Lucy Stone and Elizabeth Cady Stanton both lived in NJ for over a decade and staged tax and voting protests in the state. Women in Vineland, Essex County and the Jersey Shore were particularly active in the movement as was Dr. Florence Spearing Randolph, founder of the NJ Association of Colored Women’s Clubs and, of course, Alice Paul, the dynamo who re-energized the push for a federal amendment.
It was a long struggle. Only one person who attended the first national Women’s Rights Convention in 1850 lived long enough to see women attain the right to vote. Lucy Stone's sister-in-law Antoinette Brown Blackwell -- life-long activist, minister, scientist and long-time New Jersey resident -- proudly cast her ballot in Elizabeth NJ in November 1920!
Carol Simon Levin also offers these other programs:
- Bridge Builder in Petticoats: Emily Roebling's role in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge
- Nobody Owns the Sky: amazing stories of early female aviators
- A WASP Takes Wing: the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II
- Crazy Daisy: Juliette Gordon Low intrepid founder of the Girl Scouts.
For details or to see upcoming dates & venues please visit: tellingherstories.com
To bring these stories to your library, senior center, historical society, scouting event, school or civic organization, contact:
Carol Simon Levin