Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lexington League of Women Voters First Friday Forum

Women in the United States won the right to vote with the passage of the nineteenth amendment to the Constitution in 1920. Everyone knows about the famous Seneca Falls Convention in July 19/20, 1848. But an important part of the struggle took place right here in MA. As early as October 16/17, 1850 (before the Civil War), Lucy Stone and other abolitionists launched the organized women's movement at the first National Woman’s Rights Convention, held in Worcester, MA. After the war, state activists founded the Boston-based American Woman Suffrage Association to lead campaigns across the country.

On Friday, May 3, 2019 from 7:30-9:00PM, The League of Women Voters of Lexington and the Lexington Historical Society are co-sponsoring a talk by Barbara Berenson, author of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers. Barbara Berenson tells the story of the national suffrage movement and finally gives this state’s suffragists the attention they deserve.  This event will take place at the Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square, Lexington, MA 02420. It is free and open to the public. This is the League’s regular May First Friday (there is no morning program at Cary Library that day).

This program is the 8th in the 2018-2019 First Friday Forum series hosted by the League of Women Voters, Lexington, to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. The Forums usually take place in Cary Memorial Library’s large meeting room at 1874 Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the principles of self-government established in the Constitution of the United States.  The League works to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.

For more information, contact the League at


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