Come join us at the Millburn Free Public Library on Tuesday, November 18 at 2:00pm, when we welcome historical re-enactor Carol Simon Levin.
Not many people know that for 225 years women had the right to vote in only one state, New Jersey, a right they would lose in 1807 and not win back for more than five generations. New Jersey's role in the struggle to regain that right is largely overlooked.
Carol Simon Levin portrays Lillian Feickert, president of the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association from 1912-1920. She will tell the story of the role of New Jersey women in the long struggle for women’s suffrage.
Hear Lillian Feickert's stories as well as many other women with Jersey ties. These include the Grimke sisters (who spoke out against slavery and for women’s rights from their home in Shrewsbury), Dr. Florence Spearing Randolph (chair of the NJ Association of Colored Women’s Clubs and executive board member on the NJ Woman Suffrage Association), Alice Low Turnbull Hopkins (who threw her considerable support behind Alice Paul’s Washington pickets), and Alice Paul, the dynamo who re-energized the movement for a federal amendment.
Together their tireless efforts propelled women’s suffrage past reluctant male voters and through state and national legislatures to the final success of the 19th Amendment.
Carol Simon Levin is a retired librarian, author, storyteller and program presenter based in Bedminster. In 2016, she wrote a book, “Remembering The Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates,” about amazing American women, which was illustrated by 36 artists. It is an interactive book about lost stories of fascinating and forgotten women in American history. In addition to a coloring page, each entry includes a short biography, a fascinating fact and a quote by the woman. It includes recommendations for further reading for kids, teens, and adults, and suggestions for activities and activism and places to visit. For more information on Carol Simon Levin, click here.
This program is free and open to all. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Millburn Library. The Millburn Free Public Library is located at 200 Glen Ave., Millburn, NJ 07041 and can be reached at 973-376-1006.