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After Suffrage: A 20/20 Perspective On Women’s Rights, 1920-2020


When: Wed, Oct. 30, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Where: Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street, Newton, MA, 02459

Author Barbara Berenson will be hosting “After Suffrage: A 20/20 Perspective on Women’s Rights, 1920 – 2020.” 

The event 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. 

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, 2nd ed. 2014). 
  • She is the co-editor of “Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts” (2012). 

The League of Women Voters of Newton will be co-sponsoring the Newton Free Library event, together with Historic Newton and the Newton Human Rights Commission.  

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.

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