West Bloomfield Historical Society
Sept. 5, 2017
WEST BLOOMFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
8966 NY 5&20
Our Sept. 5th program, "Suffrage as a War Measure," will look at the final years of the woman suffrage campaign in New York State. Those years coincided with the start of World War I in 1914 and culminated with the approval of a state suffrage amendment in the fall of 1917, just as the first large forces of Americans began arriving in France. The suffragists pointed out that one of the reasons why state (male) voters should approve suffrage was that women were doing many things to actively support the war effort, including enlisting in the armed forces for the first time.
In 1917, the NY State Woman Suffrage Party published a handbill titled, "Suffrage as a War Measure." This program will explore the facts behind the statements in that handbill. It was the winning weapon in the great struggle.
Presented by Preston E. Pierce, MLS, EdD
Social Science Dept., Finger Lakes Community College
Museum Educator, Ontario County Historical Society