Stratford Honors Women In Suffrage Struggle
February 7, 2020
By Chris Gilson, CCM communications writer
2020 marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most important steps to a full democracy: the ratification of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. The Town of Stratford will be recognizing this momentous anniversary with events held throughout the year honoring Stratford women who helped change the course of history.
Mayor Laura Hoydick, along with the Stratford Historical Society, will host monthly presentations highlighting these notable women, ranging from Suffrage-era activists to present-day civic and community leaders.
Already in January, the town began their town council meeting with a commemoration of Vivianna Snowden (aka Anna Oliver) by Mayor Hoydick’s daughter, Paige. Snowden was the first American woman to graduate from a theological seminary and a pioneer Methodist Episcopal Church preacher and pastor. Though she moved around the country, her family had ties to Stratford and upon her passing, Snowden left money to her nieces and the suffrage movement.
Events have already been announced for late February and March, which is also Women’s History Month.
At the end of February, they are partnering with the Baldwin Center and Stratford Lifelong Learners to host “Votes for Women,” a presentation showcasing Connecticut women who fought on a local, state, and national level for women’s right to vote. It is being presented by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame and will be held on Tuesday, February 25th from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
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The Stratford Library will examine the book, “Olive, Again” by Elizabeth Strout at 12:00 p.m. on March 25th. They will also be hosting activities for children including bingo, crafts, and a Girl Power celebration.
“Recognizing this centennial provides an unparalleled opportunity to celebrate a milestone in our republic, both nationally and here in town,” Mayor Hoydick said. “For more than one-hundred years, Stratford has seen strong passionate, capable female leaders. The stories being presented are remarkable.”
This is part of a larger, nationwide effort to recognize the work of the Suffragists and all those who worked tirelessly to enfranchise half of our nation. They include people who you many never have heard of, to people like Katharine Hepburn, mother of the actress with the same name.
Democracy is so important to all Americans as our chosen form of electing our leaders, and a true democracy is one where every person has the right to vote. The 19th amendment ratified 100 years ago was a great step towards attaining that government.
Other events are being planned and will be announced on the town’s website at www.townofstratford.com/19thamendement. Additional information for events happening around the state can be found at www.votesforwomenct.com.