Program celebrating woman suffrage Feb. 10 in Beloit

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BELOIT, Wis. — From typewriters to text messages, what did 10 generations of Americans think is normal? What do we consider “normal” today? Beloit author Tom McBride (The Mindset Lists of American History, with co-author Ron Nief) will be featured speaker at Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday Party, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, at La Casa Grande, 618 Fourth St., Beloit, Wis. Tickets are $38 (or $32 for League of Women Voters).

Make checks payable to: “League of Women Voters — Janesville,” and mail to: 703 Milwaukee Road, Beloit, WI 53511 by Tuesday, Feb. 5. Refer questions to (608) 365-0089. Find the event on Facebook at League of Women Voters of Beloit, Wis.

McBride will share “Today’s Women’s Mindset List” based on his ongoing research with college freshmen (and fresh-women) and ponder how things have changed since the days of Susan B. Anthony and the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

Susan B. Anthony was a woman of passion and determination!” said organizer Bette Carr. “The Beloit and Janesville Leagues of Women Voters gather each year to honor her efforts to gain the rights for women, which she sought with great energy and eloquence. We celebrate our right to vote and to serve our communities as elected officials.”

Susan Brownell Anthony (Feb. 15, 1820-March 13, 1906) was a prominent American civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the 19th century women’s suffrage movement. She became a much-sought-after speaker, traveling in Europe and the United States and averaging 75 to 100 speeches a year. Her speeches and writings helped to introduce the idea of women’s suffrage into the United States.

Women’s suffrage in the United States was achieved gradually, at state and local levels, during the late 19th century and early 20th century. It culminated in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which provided: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

Posted Jan. 30, 2013

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