“Soldiers in Petticoats: The Struggles of the Suffragettes” Presentation

            (Chehalis, WA) — The Lewis County Historical Museum is pleased to present, “Soldiers in Petticoats: The Struggles of the Suffragettes” on November 5th at 2pm at the Museum. In this living history presentation by Tames Alan, she appears in the authentic clothing of a suffragette and presents the struggle of American women to gain the right to vote and their successful ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. A small suggested donation of $5 supports this and future educational programs at the Museum and is greatly appreciated!

In this heated and historic election season, which features the first female nominee for president from a major political party, it is important to remember that the right of each citizen to vote is the most basic right in a democratic society. This basic right allows us to have a voice in helping to shape the future of our democracy. For women, this right was hard-won and involved a long and difficult journey.

Alan is an actress, historian, and instructor who combines her skills to create an educational program for people of all ages. In 1867, the passing of the 14th Amendment defined “citizen” as “male,” thus denying women the right to vote. Tames focuses on the turbulent time when many states granted women the right to vote only to have the privilege taken away by decisions made in Washington, DC. Learn how American women adopted the militant tactics of their English sister suffragettes to not only earn the right to vote but to be considered citizens of the country of which they were the founding mothers.

With her wide knowledge of women’s history, Tames brings to life the suffragettes, their struggles, and their influence on the major issues of their era. Discover how the suffragettes influenced child labor laws and other major issues of their era.

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