Woman Suffrage Centennial Symposium
March 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and Women’s History Month!
The “Woman Suffrage Centennial Symposium” will educate the public on the past, present and future of women getting the right to vote.
Presentations by: the League of Women Voters of Norwalk, Norwalk Women Who Vote with special guest Norwalk’s first Poet Laureate Laurel S. Peterson, artist TL Duryea, historian Alice Warren, WCSU professor and local storyteller Dr. Darla Shaw.
RSVP today at:https://womansuffrage.brownpapertickets.com/ or call 203-846- 0525. Walk-ins welcome too! Refreshments will be served.
Location: Mill Hill Historic Park townhouse 2 East Wall St. Norwalk, CT 06851
Parking for handicapped or people with Limited mobility is available onsite. General parking is across the street. Please follow blue parking signs. If the program gets canceled due to a snow or ice storm, it will be rescheduled for a later date.
An historical look at woman suffrage will be presented by the League of Women Voters of Norwalk, historian Alice Warren, and WCSU professor Dr. Darla Shaw.
The League of Women Voters of Norwalk will explore the history behind the passage of the 19th Amendment, which assures U.S. citizens the right to vote without regard to sex, as well as the continued work that remained to be done to achieve full equity at the ballot box. They will also explain the history behind the League of Women Voters which was founded in 1920 to tackle that work, and continues working to this day with the goal of engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy.
Historian Alice Warren will highlight the Hill sisters of Norwalk – Clara Mossman Hill, Helena Hill Weed, and Elsie Hill – and their collective efforts to secure the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, through advocacy and protest. Clara barnstormed the state on speaking tours, while Helena and Elsie became active in the National Woman’s Party, campaigning across the country, and participating in protests that resulted in arrest and imprisonment.
Dr. Darla Shaw will bring suffragist and former Ridgefield, CT resident, Alice Paul to life. This short performance will highlight Alice Paul’s connection to Norwalk suffragist, Elsie Hill, the work they accomplished together, and little known facts about their lives.
The present and future of woman suffrage will be explored by the new local organization Norwalk Women Who Vote with special guest, Laurel S. Peterson, Norwalk’s first Poet Laureate, and artist/founder of the Duryea Project, TL Duryea.
Norwalk Women Who Vote will discuss how their new group came to be and the importance of women-led grassroots political organizing. They will also take a close look at the current involvement of Norwalk women in local politics and the opportunities that exist for women to get a seat at the table. Norwalk’s first Poet Laureate, Laurel S. Peterson will present an original poem as part of the NWWV’s presentation.
TL Duryea, American Artist, Activist and the Founder of The Duryea Project, celebrating the achievements of notable women, will discuss the intersection of Feminism, Art and Commerce and her own journey on the process. Learn why she started painting Sheroes, how it turned into a product line, and what she hopes to achieve with the work.
Learn About the Presenters:
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy in two ways: through education and through advocacy. Our local League in Norwalk belongs to the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, which in turn belongs to the League of Women Voters of the United States. For 100 years, the League has been a nonpartisan, activist, grassroots organization that believes voters should be empowered to play a critical role in democracy.
Norwalk Women Who Vote: Our mission is to identify, inspire, and support women who align with Democratic ideals to hold positions at all levels within our local and state government.
TL Duryea is an American Artist, Activist and the Founder of The Duryea Project, celebrating the achievements of notable women. Starting with a series of quick oil portraits of women in the public eye, Duryea created a line of products to embolden women to take up more space by wearing their support of these inspiring women. The project has received the support of notable American Women like Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Rosa DeLauro, Ayanna Pressley, Jahana Hayes and more. It has appeared on CNN, Showtime, and the Washington Post and was featured in the book ‘The Revolution is Female’. Pairing her own activism with her brand, Duryea consistently works to help women running for office by painting their portraits and fundraising for them. She has also launched an initiative to get more diverse faces in classrooms, starting with donating posters of her painting of Harriet Tubman to teachers around the country.
Dr. Darla Shaw, professor emeritus of education and women’s studies, WCSU/ 25 years; 38 years with the Ridgefield, Ct. Public Schools. Her passion is traveling to over 90 countries to provide humanitarian services, playing with three bands accordion/steel drum, taking on the role of numerous historical characters, and speaking and writing about her experiences with cancer for Ann’s Place, the American Cancer Society, and Sloan Kettering.
Alice Warren has taught U.S. history at Fairfield Woods Middle School for 22 years. She has a Masters in Women’s Studies from Southern Connecticut, and currently serves on the Consulting Scholars Committee for the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.
Her Master’s thesis was about the Hill sisters, entitled “Links in a Chain: The Remarkable Hill Sisters and the Fight for Equal Rights.”