Reading Group to Meet This Friday

Note from Feminist Reading Group facilitator Ellen Miller:

Just a reminder that our next meeting will be Friday, February 7, starting at 5:15 p.m. at the West Tisbury Free Public Library in the program room.

We will continue our discussion of the three books we are reading on suffrage:  The Women’s Suffrage Movement by Sally Roesch Wagner, Why They Marched by Susan Ware, and The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss, as well as short reports from members on topics of interest in regards to the suffrage movement.

P.S. from website admin Susanna J. Sturgis:

I reviewed both Woman’s Hour and Why They Marched on Goodreads and highly recommend them both. I’ve also been reading up on Matilda Joslyn Gage, a 19th-century suffragist whose writings – notably her Woman, Church & State – piqued my interest decades ago. The first general-interest (as opposed to scholarly) biography of her, Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist, appeared only in 2018. I reviewed that too. (Click the links to see the reviews.)

2020 is the centennial not only of the 19th Amendment but of the League of Women Voters. There are plans afoot to commemorate these events all year long. So watch this space for updates!

Meet the League of Women Voters MV

Want to help build an engaged, well-informed citizenry here on the Vineyard, across the commonwealth, and nationwide?

Check out the League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard!

The League’s motto — Democracy is not a spectator sport — has never been more timely.

Among other things, the League of Women Voters MV holds voter registration drives and conducts candidate forums for state, county, and local offices. It also has a recycling program, making it easy to recycle used inkjet cartridges and old cell phones.

By joining the MV League, you support the national League of Women Voters, whose priorities include —

  • fighting voter suppression
  • limiting the influence of money in politics
  • promoting fair redistricting that makes sure that every voter is represented at the ballot box

As a member of the League of Women Voters MV, you have access to national, state and regional information on current issues with non-partisan views.

The MV League meets  monthly from September to June except December. Interested? Contact membership chair Carole Early.

The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920, the year the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving U.S. women the right to vote. The 100th anniversary of both is coming up soon.

Vineyard women celebrate the League’s 75th anniversary by marching in the 1995 Fourth of July parade. From left: Carol Koury, Susanna J. Sturgis, Patty Blakesley, and Ann Hollister. They’re wearing suffragist colors: purple, white, and gold.