Susan B. Anthony Luncheon
This year, 2010, marks the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. That’s the one that allows me vote every November. 🙂
Instead of a keynote speaker, this year there was a keynote presentation. Actor Elizabeth Rainer performed “Hear My Voice: Win the Vote”. a vignette about a second generation suffragette and her battle and final success to secure the vote for women. It was an amazing presentation, with so many stories I had never heard before. Like how many of the women were arrested and sent to work houses, where they went on hunger strikes. The guards would force food down their throats through tubes. There was one story about a guard forcing milk down a woman’s nose because she refused to open her mouth (there was a picture on the big screen too—ugh). There were also stories about men attacking the female protesters and even firing gun shots at them. All the stories were accompanied by a video with old photographs of some of the stories and events.
I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to celebrate such an important legacy, and left feeling especially proud to be a woman.