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THE POWER OF WOMEN’S VOTE
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, in collaboration with playwright and activist Leslie Gabel-Brett, Janee Woods Weber of She Leads Justice (formerly the CT Women’s Education and Legal Fund), the HartBeat Ensemble, and the League of Women Voters are hosting a panel discussion with legislative leaders, scholars, and community leaders discuss the history and continued importance of women’s suffrage and voting. The discussion will explore the early efforts of the women’s suffrage movement, including the complications within this movement, the journey of the 19th century advocates to present day voting issues, and why women using their vote remains important. When We All Vote (Michelle Obama’s organization) will have a voter registration table with informative handouts.
Activist and playwright Leslie Gabel-Brett has written a play, Woodhull/Beecher, about Victoria Woodhull, 19th century American feminist, spiritualist, free-love advocate, and presidential candidate. As we approach another significant election in 2024, we are still grappling in this country with issues of gender and power, sexual harassment and predation, and fundamental questions about how to establish truth and social meaning. Gabel-Brett with the HartBeat Ensemble will host a staged reading of the play, and the Stowe Center, in collaboration with Gabel-Brett and the HartBeat Ensemble, as well as Janee Woods Weber , executive Director of She Leads Justice (formerly the CT Women’s Education and Legal Fund) and the League of Women voters will hold a panel discussion titled The Power of Women’s Vote, to further explore some of the issues raised in the play.
The panel discussion will feature legislative leaders and scholars and be moderated by Woods Weber. The discussion will examine the history of the women’s suffrage movement, including the complications within that movement, the journey from 19th century suffrage efforts to 21st century voting issues, and the importance of women’s vote in today’s political climate. When We All Vote, an advocacy organization started by Michelle Obama, will have a voter registration table with informative handouts available at the panel.