Friday, February 27, 2009

Votes for Women!

The right to vote is something many people take for granted today. But what if you didn’t have that right? What if you were not allowed to vote because you were a woman? That is the kind of thing that happens in other places, not here in the United States, right? Yet it did. If you were a woman in this country before 1920, you may not have had that right.

Meet a “person of the past,” an American suffragist who fought to win the right to vote. Discover how a woman’s right to vote was won and what it took to win it when Sharon Hollands presents Votes for Women! at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the John Barton Payne Building, Warrenton. Admission to the program, sponsored by the Friends of the Fauquier Library, is free.

Holland, who holds a bachelor’s degree in theater from DeSales University, has been portraying women of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries for the last 14 years.

Votes for Women! is part of a series of programs presented in conjunction with a We the People grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The grant provided Fauquier County Public Library a free collection of books for children and teens, the fifth annual We the People Bookshelf. This year's collection was inspired by the 2009 bicentennial year of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.

The library is among 3,000 public and school libraries that received the books for young readers (K-12). The books are related to this year’s “Created Equal” theme. Spanish translations accompany four of the selected titles.
See other resources related to women's history.

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