Women’s Suffrage Event at the Warwick Historical Society
Helps Commemorate Black History Month
Warwick, NY (WHS) – The Warwick Historical Society has received a Public Scholars Grant from Humanities New York to present: Centering Black Women: Race in the Woman Suffrage Movement, at the Historic Union AME Church at 9 Forester Avenue, Warwick, New York on Sunday, February 26 at 2pm.
Noted Women’s Studies scholar, Susan Goodier will use Power Point slides to show images of people and documents relevant to the black women’s suffrage activities. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A period. The Society hopes this poignant presentation will offer a unique pathway to understanding the complex race issues we continue to face in today’s society.
Race remains one of the most important issues the American society confronts today. Understanding the suffrage movement, and the place of women of color in it, is an important task for us as we head toward the 2017 centennial of women voting in New York State.
Voting rights were as vital to black women as to white women, but knowledge of their activism is scant. Most important for us today is to put black women suffragists in the center of the story, learning their stories as much as possible from their points of view. Doing so allows us to use race and the suffrage story to examine the phenomenon of race within the framework of an historical movement, while at the same time offering a microcosm of racism in the culture more broadly.
Susan Goodier studied U.S. women’s activism, particularly woman suffrage activism, from 1840 to 1920. Goodier did her graduate work at SUNY Albany, earning a master’s degree in Gender History in 1999 and a doctorate in Public Policy History, with subfields in International Gender and Culture and Black Women’s Studies, in 2007. She then completed a second master’s degree in Women’s Studies in 2008. At SUNY Oneonta she teaches courses in Women’s History, New York State History, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and Progressive Era history.
Dr. Goodier is a public scholar for the New York Council for the Humanities and the coordinator for the Upstate New York Women’s History Organization (UNYWHO). The University of Illinois published her first book, No Votes for Women: The New York State Anti-Suffrage Movement, in 2013. Her current book project, co-authored with Karen Pastorello, is tentatively titled, “Women Shall Vote: Winning Suffrage in New York State” to be published by Cornell University Press in 2017, helping to mark the centennial of women voting in New York State.
“This grant from the Humanities NY will allow the Society engage our current audience and attract new audiences with a topic so relevant today,” said Lisa-Ann Weisbrod, Executive Director of the Warwick Historical Society. She went on to express her appreciation of Humanities NY for making this opportunity available to them.
The event is free and open to the public, though reservation are highly recommended. Please call the Society at 845-986-3236, ext 101 for reservations.
For more information, or to become a member of the Warwick Historical Society, please call 845.986.3236, ext 106 or visit www.whsny.org.