LEWISTON, Idaho – A celebration of a century since the passing of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, is the focus of Women’s History Month in March at Lewis-Clark State College.
Sponsored by the college’s Social Science Division, LC State’s Women’s History Month has a theme of “100 Years of the 19th: Reflecting on Women’s Suffrage, Rights, and Activism” and features events throughout the month. All events are free and open to the public.
Kathy Aiken, a history professor at the University of Idaho, will give a presentation on “Idaho Early Suffrage State, Late 19th Amendment Ratification” on March 3 at noon in Room 112 of Sacajawea Hall on the LC State campus. At 6 p.m. that night, the film “Iron-Jawed Angels” will be shown at the LC State Center for Arts & History, located at 415 Main St. The documentary is about Alice Paul and her pushing women leaders in Washington, D.C. for the right to vote. President Woodrow Wilson refused to give women the right to vote, and the documentary discusses how Paul is prepared to go to prison for her cause.
On March 4, there will be a presentation by LC State students in the History 301 class on “Visualizing Women’s Suffrage: Commemorating the 19th Amendment.” The presentation will in Room 112 of Sacajawea Hall, starting at noon.
Lucienne Beard, executive director of the Alice Paul Institute, will discuss “Alice Paul: Crusader for Equality” at noon on March 5, also in Room 112 of Sacajawea Hall. Beard will be the featured speaker at the LC State Women’s Leadership Conference, which will be held on March 6 at 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Center for Arts & History. Registration for the conference is $55, which includes workshops throughout the day as well as lunch.
Also on March 6 the documentary film “Hillary” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Arts & History. The film looks at Hillary Clinton and the events of the 2016 election.
The final event of the month is on March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Arts & History and features stage readings by LC State students and community actors in collaboration with the Lewiston Civic Theater. The readings come from short suffragist plays from the early 20th century.
For more information on the month, contact LC State Social Sciences professor Amy Canfield at [email protected].