Overbeck Lecture: Places of Protest: The Struggle for Women's Suffrage in the Nation's Capital March 9, 2020

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Places of Protest:  The Struggle for

Women's Suffrage in the Nation's Capital


Elizabeth A. Novara


 Monday, March 9, 2020

 7:30 p.m.



Women picketing at U.S. Capitol Building, 1918

Harris & Ewing Photograph.  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division


One hundred years ago, in early 1920, suffragists waited in anticipation to find out whether their tireless work had paid off - would the states ratify the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution securing the right to vote for millions of women?  Building up to this moment, suffrage protests and organizing in the nation's capital had reverberated across the country. 

On Monday March 9, Elizabeth A. Novara, American Women's History Specialist in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, will present an illustrated lecture on the struggle for women's suffrage in Washington, DC, in the early 20th century. She will focus on sites of local importance to the movement, including the National Woman's Party's national headquarters on Capitol Hill, as well as other places of protest in the city where suffragists organized, picketed, and paraded. Drawing examples from the Library of Congress's current exhibition, Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote, Novara will highlight significant suffrage-related collections available at the Library. 

The illustrated lecture will take place on Monday March 9, 2020, at 7:30 pm. Admission is free, but registration is required due to limited seating. To register, call 202-549-4172 or go to https://www.hillcenterdc.org/event/overbeck-lecture-places-of-protest-the-struggle-for-wom...

We suggest that all guests arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the event. The doors will open at 7:30 pm for those who hold reservations. Available seats will be released to other guests beginning at 7:15. If you hold a reservation and later find that you cannot attend, please let us know at OverbeckLecture@CapitolHillHistory.org so others might attend.

Overbeck Lectures are sponsored by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. 

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