In honor of Women’s History Month, on Sunday, March 15 at 2pm the South Plainfield Public Library will present “Reclaiming Our Voices: New Jersey’s Central Role in the Fight for Women’s Suffrage”, a program done by Carol Simon Levin and sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project. Carol Simon Levin portrays Lillian Feickert, president of the NJ Woman Suffrage Association from 1912-1920, who explores the overlooked role of New Jersey in the long frustrating fight for women’s suffrage. Many do not realize that some NJ women once had the right to vote and then lost it for over a century. Feickert shares stories about how nationally-known suffrage advocates Lucy Stone and Elizabeth Cady Stanton staged tax and voting protests in the state. She describes how Alice Paul became the dynamo who re-energized the push for a federal amendment and how Dr. Florence Spearing Randolph brought black women into the movement. Participants will learn that women were not “given” the vote, but fought for it for generations.
Carol Simon Levin is a professional storyteller and independent historian who specializes in telling the stories of “fascinating women history forgot” through first person portrayals. She has authored the book Remembering the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates which profiles 69 women who worked to make a place for women in American politics. Carol holds a BA focusing on women’s history & history of technology from Cornell University and a MLS from the University of Arizona. She also the founder of Telling Her Stories, a costumed historic programs service. This program is presented free, but registration is required. To sign up for the program call the library at 908-754-7885.