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Finding Our Voice – The Vote
Celebrating Women's History Month
A panel will explore American women’s journey to the right to vote, the struggles for suffrage after 1920, and the continued importance of the vote to women’s voices today. During our discussions, we will celebrate the women who told and tell our stories.
This program is cosponsored by the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization working to protect and expand voting rights and ensure everyone is represented in our democracy.
About the Panelists
Lynne Garvey-Hodge has been re-enacting Suffragist Mrs. Robert Amelia “Mimi” Himes Walker since 2008. Mrs. Robert Walker chronicles the Suffragist movement including the horrific conditions the Occoquan Workhouse jailed Suffragists endured, including her own incarceration. Mimi ends her performance with words of wisdom for ALL women of the future.
Kelly McFarland CAE, is Chief of Staff at the League of Women Voters. During her 20-year tenure at the national office, she has held various leadership positions in service of the League’s mission of Empowering Voters and Defending Democracy, and in support of the organization’s more than 750 state and local affiliates. Kelly is a resident of Fairfax County and proudly curated an exhibit on the League’s history for Historic Vienna in 2019.
Yevette Richards is an Associate Professor at George Mason University and is a specialist in African American history, U.S. women’s history, labor studies, and Pan-Africanism. She has published Maida Springer, Pan-Africanist and International Labor Leader and the oral history companion book entitled, Conversations with Maida Springer: A Personal History of Labor, Race, and International Relations.
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Related LibGuide: Adults and 50-Plus by Fairfax County Public Library (Admin)