Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Not speaking inspired women to get vote

It's Equality Day, the 89th anniversary of U.S. women gaining the right to vote, and worth recalling that the campaign for women's voting rights in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was spurred on by an incident in which two women were kept off the program. From my earlier post:
The 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London "refused to let the women delegates speak," inspiring delegates Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to start a movement for women's rights...
The incident is recalled in journalist Gail Collins' wonderful social history,America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines. Getting the vote allows for a different form of speaking up; unfortunately, women in many professions still have trouble getting speaking opportunities at professional conferences.

Related posts: History of keeping women off the program

All our tips on getting women on the program as speakers

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