Votes for Women

Events Calendar

Votes for Women: Taking our Place in Politics

This exhibit was inspired by the campaign for women’s suffrage in the United States, the 100th anniversary of the final pushes in the Senate for the 19th Amendment, and the ratification nationally of women’s right to vote. Alliances formed for and against women’s suffrage reveal important divisions in American society in the first part of the 20th century, with roots before the Civil War, and branches that continue to this day. Votes for Women explores women’s sphere as it expands to include political office, considers the changing understandings of civic virtue, and reveals difficult choices that political movements must make in pursuit of their goals. Throughout, it highlights topics with a contemporary resonance: women’s position in society, social protest, racial divisions, and political engagement.

Exhibit Curators: Stephanie Hallock, Professor of Political Science and Coordinator for Global Education and Engagement ; Gina Calia-Lotz, Instructional Services Librarian

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended. To reserve your seat, email haysheighe@harford.edu, or call 443-412-2539.

The Hays-Heighe House is wheelchair accessible. Guests who require other arrangements should contact Linda Anthony at 443-412-2539 at least two weeks prior to an event.


Feb 6 – Herstory: Amazing American Women Pioneers

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Chesapeake Theater
Reservation recommended: slove@harford.edu or 443.412.2224

Through the use of LIVE music, narration and archival video, celebrate pioneers who overcame enormous odds and changed the course of history. Relive the legend of Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Sara Winnemucca, Sonja Sotomayor and others.

Feb 7 – Exhibit Opening Reception

Thursday, February 7, 2019
1-5 PM | Curator Walk at 2PM & 4PM
Hays-Heighe House
Reservation not necessary

Feb 14 – Black Women’s Clubs and the Suffrage Movement

Thursday, February 14,2019
12:30-2 PM
Hays-Heighe House
Reservation recommended

Lecture presented by Sylvea Hollis, Postdoctoral Fellow at Morgan State University.

Despite the familiar narrative, middle-class white women did not fight for suffrage alone. African American women, who had long been excluded from white women’s Progressive era organizations, made suffrage one of the many crucial causes they took up in their own women’s clubs. Learn about these organizations and famous individuals who committed to securing women’s rights.

Feb 26 – For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics (Book Discussion)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
12:30-2 PM
Hays-Heighe House
Reservation recommended

Book discussion led by Iris Leigh Barnes, Curator of the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum.

This book is a sweeping view of American history from the vantage points of four women who have lived and worked behind the scenes in politics for over thirty years―Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore―a group of women who call themselves The Colored Girls. Like many people who have spent their careers in public service, they view their lives in four-year waves where presidential campaigns and elections have been common threads.

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