historic victory and the compromises that split the movement

Ann Luther, Sheila Kirby to present: The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage

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Rockland Public Library will host “The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage: Revisiting Our History, Rededicating Our Future,” a talk by Ann Luther and Sheila Kirby, on Thursday, June 25, at 2 p.m. The program is co-sponsored by League of Women Voters – Midcoast. The presentation will take place via the Zoom platform.

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, when women won the right to vote. This presentation celebrates that historic victory and the women who led the effort, while also providing a sober reflection on the compromises that split the movement and left many voters behind, choices that continue to echo one hundred years later. The talk will end with a brief overview of the work that remains to be done. 

Ann Luther currently serves as treasurer of the League of Women Voters of Maine and chairs the LWVME Advocacy Committee. She served as president of LWVME from 2003 to 2007 and as co-president from 2007-2009. In her work for the League, Luther has worked for greater understanding of public policy issues and for the League’s priority issues in Clean Elections and Campaign Finance Reform, Voting Rights, Ethics in Government, Ranked Choice Voting, and Repeal of Term Limits.

Sheila Kirby was a senior economist at RAND, a nonprofit think tank, for over thirty years and served in several management positions, including acting and associate director of the RAND Washington Office. She also had a joint appointment as an adjunct professor of economics and public policy at The George Washington University where she taught at the graduate level for twenty-five years.

To request a link to attend via Zoom, please email sbillings@rocklandmaine.gov no later than 12 p.m. on June 25.

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Thu, 06/25/2020 - 2:00pm

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