"Women Fight for the Vote" Community Day

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Thomas Jefferson Building

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Women Fight for the Vote Community Day Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In July 1848, three hundred women and men were gathered in Seneca Falls, NY at a convention that is now considered the start of the movement for women’s suffrage. This July, join the Library of Congress in honoring the movement and considering its connections to today with activities for all ages. The program is presented in connection with the exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote.

Timed Activities:

10 am, Noon, 2 pm: Shall Not Be Denied exhibition tours Location: Exhibition entrance, Second Floor

Explore the changing nature of the suffrage movement over its 72-year history, from conventions to a state-by-state strategy to confrontational tactics and a federal amendment, in this docent-led tour. The 10:00 am tour will be geared for families with children 12 and under.

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Performance - Mary Church Terrell Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor

Hear the story of Washington, D.C. native and suffragist Mary Church Terrell in this theatrical performance. The performance is presented by Sherrie Tolliver of the Women in History

11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Performance – Susan B. Anthony Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor

Hear Marjorie Goldman of The American Historical Theatre present the story of suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony in this one-woman show.

1:00-1:30 pm: Gallery Talk – Mothers and Daughters in the Movement Location: Shall Not Be Denied exhibition, Second Floor

Exhibition curator Elizabeth Novara will discuss the multigenerational nature of the suffrage movement, including the activism of suffrage leaders Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucy Stone and that of their daughters, Harriet Stanton Blatch and Alice Stone Blackwell.

2:00 – 4:30 pm Film Screening: Wonder Woman (2017, 141 minutes, PG-13) Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground Floor

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny. Starring Gal Gadot, this 2017 film is based on the Wonder Woman comics created in 1941 by feminist William Moulton Marston, who was inspired by suffragists and the suffrage movement.

Ongoing Activities:

10:00 am – Noon: Explore! Cart Location: Great Hall, Floor

Examine messaging in the suffrage movement through postcards, stereograph cards, and sheet music from the Library’s collection and through replica objects in this hands-on activity.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Transcription Cafe Location: Mezzanine, Second Floor

Make the papers of suffrage leaders searchable and discoverable for generations to come. By The People, the Library's crowdsourced transcription project, invites you to explore, transcribe and tag digitized Library collections.

10:00 am - 2:00 pm League of Women Voters Location: Great Hall, First Floor

The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920, to encourage newly enfranchised women to use their new power to help shape policy. The League today encourages informed and active participation in government. Learn about the League’s work, how to get involved in elections and voting rights issues, and even register to vote.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Young Readers Center Location: Ground Floor, LJ-G29

Explore picture books that tell the story of key figures from the suffrage movement and stories of women and girls who have changed the world, then make a button on an issue you care about based on items in the exhibition.

Please request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or ada@loc.gov.

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Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight For the Vote is made possible by the Library of Congress James Madison Council, with additional support from 1st Financial Bank USA, Democracy Fund, Thomas V. Girardi, AARP, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation, HISTORY®, and Roger and Julie Baskes.

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10 First Street Southeast

Washington, DC 20004

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