Genealogy 101: Motor's and Mass RalliesThursday, February 20 at 6 p.m.
The creation of two major women’s suffrage organizations, the Woman’s Franchise League and the Equal Suffrage Association, stands as the most significant twentieth century event in the Indiana women’s suffrage movement. Both organizations attracted new women to their cause and each adopted new techniques, including automobile tours, street meetings and mass rallies in order to publicize women’s need for the vote.
Anita Morgan is a Senior Lecturer of History at IUPUI where she has taught since 1997. A native Hoosier and farm owner, Anita’s research includes all aspects of Indiana history with a focus on women, the Civil War, and Indianapolis history. Her forthcoming book, “We Must Be Fearless”: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Indiana will be published by Indiana Historical Society Press in 2020. Her work has appeared in the Indiana Magazine of History, Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History, and other publications. She has held various offices, including president, in the Indiana Association of Historians. When she is not searching for more information about Indiana women, Dr. Morgan likes to explore the state’s antique shops and visit small diners in search of the perfect breaded tenderloin.
The Indiana Women's Suffrage Centennial will commemorate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in 2020. Join us in recognizing this event by exploring the women who led these groups and their realization that adding new groups of suffragists, like African American men and women, and more public events could persuade reluctant politicians to vote in favor of women’s suffrage. Anita Morgan will share information on the history of the movement and discuss her book, "We Must be Fearless". This program was made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities.