The Northwest Bergen History Coalition Invites you to:
A Luncheon and Presentation
by Elaine Weiss
Author of THE WOMAN’S HOUR
Thursday, November 1 at 11:30 A.M.
Ramsey Country Club, 105 Lakeside Drive, Ramsey
$50 per person (cash bar)
Book signing at 11:30. Lunch will be served at 12 noon.
Join us as noted author Elaine Weiss shares a moment in history that changed all of our lives. In 1920, after 70 years of struggle begun by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote was near to passing. The amendment had 35 ‘yes’ votes but needed one more. Tennessee was their last chance. That August brought a divergent group of suffragettes “Suffs” to Tennessee, a holdout state that could push the count to 36. They came to confront the “Antis” (women who feared the moral decay of the family and nation) and the Tennessee politicians who did not want women to influence the upcoming election.
Elaine Weiss brings together all the elements of this turbulent time in which ” the core themes of American history-race, class, money, gender, states’ rights, power and democracy -all came to play in Nashville.” Indeed, the original suffragettes for women’s rights had begun as abolitionists working to abolish slavery. Now, descending on Tennessee, later suffragettes- led by Carrie Chapman Catt, Sue White, and Alice Paul, who often differed among themselves, would be challenged by most men and by Josephine Pearson, proud leader of the Tennessee “Antis”.
Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer. Her first book, Fruits of Victory:The Woman’s Land Army in the Great War was excerpted in Smithsonian Magazine online and featured on C-Span and public radio stations nationwide. Highly acclaimed by the New York Times Sunday Book Review, The Woman’s Hour has been optioned by Amblin TV for adaptation as either a TV movie or a limited series.
See the attached flier for details.
Information: Michelle Dugan 201-995-0171
Send checks payable to: U.S.R. Historical Society, 245 Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458