Four Women, an Overland Six, and a Cause

A lively, illustrated presentation retracing the 1915 cross-country road trip of four women gathering support for women’s right to vote will be presented in Hunneman Hall at the Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington Street, March 5th at 7:00 pm.

Historian Anne Gass retraces the route of four women, who in September 1915, embarked in an open car from San Francisco’s Panama Pacific International Exposition to Washington DC. They were carrying a petition to President Woodrow Wilson and Congress demanding an amendment to the US Constitution enfranchising women. They battled their way across the country, driving over primitive roads and through blazing heat, rain, snow, and mud, stopping in towns to collect signatures and to raise awareness that most women in the country were denied the vote. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote, was passed by Congress in 1919, and ratified in August 1920.This free program is co-sponsored by the Brookline League of Women Voters and the Friends of the Brookline Public Library.

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