The American Suffrage Movement: Forward Into Light with Sylvia Gurinsky

The American Suffrage Movement: Forward Into Light with Sylvia Gurinsky


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A century ago, American women won the right to vote through the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. It came after a long, hard-fought battle that went back almost another century.

Using the structure of one of the campaign’s biggest events – the 1913 Women's Suffrage Procession in Washington – this Conversation will provide a look at the women and men who began and carried on the movement through various obstacles – including racism, sexism, wars and the 1918 influenza epidemic. For some, the 19th Amendment was only the beginning for new crusades for women’s rights.

The Conversation will highlight some of the more familiar figures of the U.S. suffrage movement, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt, Sojourner Truth and Ida B. Wells, Jeanette Rankin and Alice Paul. But others will also be featured – including Inez Milholland, considered a martyr for the movement; Helen Keller, advocate for human rights and Marjory Stoneman Douglas of Florida, who later campaigned to save the Everglades. We will also focus on how the suffrage movement has influenced women’s rights, civil rights and women’s political campaigns that have come since – and on what remains to be done.

Led by an expert on History, Sylvia Gurinsky, this interactive seminar will feature those who fought for the right of all American women to vote. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the American suffrage movement and the obstacles its leaders overcame.

A native South Floridian, Sylvia Gurinsky is a local history educator and guide for Context Travel, Flamingo Gardens, the Miami-Dade County Women's Park, Florida International University and Nova Southeastern University. She co-hosts the television series "Roadside Florida," produced by the Lynn & Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives. She worked as a journalist for WPLG-Channel 10 and the Jewish Journal, and as a guide for HistoryMiami Museum. Her honors have included two Florida Associated Press Awards for Editorial Writing and a Peter Jennings Project Fellowship for Journalists and the Constitution at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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