December 1, 2020
Reference Department: 781-741-1405 x1404
Barbara Berenson is the author of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers (2018), Boston in the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution (2014), and Walking Tours of Civil War Boston: Hub of Abolitionism (2011, 2d ed. 2014). She is the co-editor of Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts (2012). Barbara earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and her law degree from Harvard Law School. She worked as a Senior Attorney at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court until June 2019. She is currently a lecturer at Harvard Law School and also teaches at Tufts University. She serves on the Boards of Boston By Foot and the Royall House & Slave Quarters.
Votes for Women: Massachusetts Leaders in the Woman Suffrage Movement
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Barbara Berenson, the author of "Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement", will discuss Massachusetts’ role at the center of the national struggle for woman suffrage. Lucy Stone and other local abolitionists were among the first who opposed women’s exclusion from political life. Demanding the vote and other reforms, they launched the organized women's movement at the first National Woman’s Rights Convention, held in Worcester in 1850. After the Civil War, the Boston-based American Woman Suffrage Association led campaigns across the country. Their work laid the foundation for the next generation of suffragists to triumph over tradition. Berenson will give this state’s suffragists the attention they deserve and discuss the battle over historical memory that long obscured the state’s leading role.
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