“Tools for the Journey: How Women’s Clubs Fostered the Suffrage Movement Nationally and in Idaho”

July 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Boise State University, Student Union Blvd., Bishop Barnwell Room
1910 University Dr.
Cindy Wang
(208) 345-5346

The public is invited to attend IHC’s evening program, commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, Tuesday, July 16th, at Boise State University’s Student Union Bishop Barnwell Room. This public program is part of a weeklong institute for Idaho teachers which examines not only the history leading up to the passage of women’s voting rights, but also voting rights following the 1920 landmark event.

There is no cost to attend this event.

Tuesday, July 16th, 7:00 p.m.

Susan Swetnam, “Tools for the Journey:  How Women’s Clubs Fostered the Suffrage Movement Nationally and in Idaho”

Swetnam will deliver a talk, exploring the national and Idaho women’s clubs movement.  She notes that while the organizations were not explicitly feminist or overtly dedicated to women’s rights, participating in them provided attitudes and skills that proved essential in the fight for suffrage, accustoming women to civic activism, research, and public speaking.  She will focus on the stories of particular women’s clubs in Idaho and the important work they accomplished.

Susan Swetnam taught in ISU’s Department of English and Philosophy from 1979 until her retirement in 2013. Over the years she has authored numerous articles and seven books, including collections of personal essays/memoirs, most recently A Season of Little Sacraments (Liturgical Press, 2016) and Books, Bluster, and Bounty (Utah State University Press), which won the Idaho Library Association’s award for Idaho Book of the Year in 2012.  On the national level, she has served as a consultant and grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and as an evaluator of humanities programs in several other states. A former IHC board member, Swetnam received IHC’s 2016 Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities Award.

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