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How the Suffragists Invented Washington Activism

Evening Program

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0058
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Grand Marshal Mrs. Richard Coke Burleson leading suffrage march on March 3, 1913 (Library of Congress)

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Every time activists march down Pennsylvania Avenue, protest in Lafayette Square, or carry a sign to the White House, they are literally walking in the footsteps of the suffragists. Even the Black Lives Matter mural on 16th Street uses one of their tactics: Get your message right in the president’s face, where he can’t pretend to ignore it.

Over 100 years ago, the suffragists knew how to exploit news coverage, recruit allies, and make a message go viral. And it worked: Starting with absolutely no power, they effected the single largest change to American democracy.

Join authors Lucinda Robb and Rebecca Boggs Roberts as they discuss how the strategies of the women’s suffrage movement echo through today’s activism, no matter the cause. Together Robb and Roberts have written The Suffragist Playbook: Your Guide to Changing the World, designed for young readers to apply the lessons of the suffrage movement to their own goals today.

The Suffragist Playbook (Candlewick) is available for purchase.

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American Women's History Initiative

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