Reading Group Meets May 1 via Zoom

This Friday, May 1, is the first Friday of the month so the group will be meeting at the usual time of 5:15. Since stay-at-home orders are still in effect and the West Tisbury Library is closed, we’ll again be meeting via Zoom.

If you’re not on the email list and would like the Zoom link, email Susanna at sjsATsusannajsturgis.com. (Replace AT with the @ symbol.)

For an agenda — let’s start as we did last time, with a check-in on how we’re doing now that these unusual (to put it mildly) conditions are well into their second month here on the Vineyard. And what are you reading? Barbara W. emailed me about the interesting titles she’s read lately, which made me think it might be fun to compile a list of whatever’s helping us get through these strange times. If you can’t make the meeting, feel free to email Susanna (see address above) with your recommendations or leave a comment on this page.

What do we want to read next? Is there a particular subject that you’d love to explore further?

I’ve been reading a couple of feminist classics and can report briefly about them: Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792; available from Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3420) and John Stuart Mill’s The Subjection of Women (1869; available from Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/27083).

Something else to think about: COVID-19 has greatly curtailed (so far) the League of Women Voters’ plans to commemorate the 19th Amendment centennial, including having a 100-woman suffragist contingent in the 4th of July parade. There’s no word yet on whether the parade is going to happen. We’ve done all these reading and learned a lot about the suffrage movement(s) and their legacies — how can we get some of this across to a wider audience?? Bring your ideas to the meeting!

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