New York Society Library Blog: “Votes for Women!” February 1, 2019

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Votes for Women!

Friday, February 1, 2019

The Library opened its new exhibition Women Get the Vote: A Historic Look at the Nineteenth Amendment with a festive reception on Tuesday, January 29. Head Librarian Carolyn Waters welcomed guests and Head of Exhibitions Harriet Shapiro talked about the breadth of research needed to cover the century-long struggle for women’s suffrage.

Brooke Kroeger, author of The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote, gave engaging remarks about the suffrage movement and some of its striking personalities. She also shared with us a wonderful summary, video, and commentary about the evening, the exhibition, and the history.


Speaker Brooke Kroeger (left, center); Harry and Genie Havemeyer, who loaned a beautiful “Votes for Women” sash to the exhibition, with Chair of the Board Carol Collins Malone (right)Photos by Karen Smul.

We were honored to display the proposed maquette for a statue of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. The life-size statue is being sculpted by Library member Meredith Bergmann and should be dedicated in Central Park in 2020.

Events Assistant and professional cartoonist Katie Fricas created this original set of postcards celebrating the faces of the suffrage movement. Postcards are $1.50 apiece and available for purchase at the Circulation Desk.

Women Get the Vote is open to the public in the Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery through August 30, 2019. Full details on the exhibition here.

This exhibition is generously supported by Ada Peluso and Romano I. Peluso.

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The Suffragents won the Gold Medal in US History in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards and was a finalist for the 2018 Sally and Morris Lasky Prize, presented by the Center for Political History.  See Summer Camp Newsletters” and Facebook posts from book-related appearances. Reviews, notices, and articles about my books are under their titles here. My articles are here.

Upcoming 2019: October 17: Suffragents Panel, National Archives, Washington DC.

Upcoming 2020: January 30: Learning in Retirement Program at Iona College. March 27 Ephemera Society of America, 40th annual conference, Old Greenwich CT. June 4-6Métiers et professions des médias (XVIIIe-XXIe siècles),”  Université de Lausanne (Switzerland).

Past 2019: September 23: January 29: Exhibition Opening Remarks: “Women Get the Vote: A Historic Look at the Nineteenth Amendment,“New York Society Library. February 23: Public Values in Conflict with Animal Agribusiness Practices,” UCLA Law School, Los Angeles.  March 13: The Suffragents,” Scarsdale Woman’s Club, Scarsdale NY. March 24: League of Women Voters, Albany County at the Bethlehem (NY) Public LibraryMarch 25:Judges, Lawyers, and Women’s Suffrage: Recognizing the Men Who Stood with Women on the Front Lines,” Gender Fairness Committee of the Third Judicial District, CLE, NY State Courts at SUNY Albany Law School, Albany NY. May 15: “The Republican Suffragents,” National Women’s Republican Club, New York City. August 7:  Panel, “From Emma Goldman to the Marketplace of Ideas: Marking the 100th Anniversary of Free Speech at the Supreme Court.” (page 40) AEJMC, Toronto. August 14: Webinar, National Park Service. September 23: Bentson Dean’s Lecture, College of Arts and Science, New York University.