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The Justice Bell and Women's Fight for the Vote

The Justice Bell and Women's Fight for the Vote

In 1915, suffragists in Pennsylvania were looking for a way to drum up support for an amendment to the state constitution that would give women the right to vote. A referendum to approve such an amendment would appear on the ballot in the November election, so there was no time to waste. They needed to launch a campaign to win the hearts and minds of the male voters who would go to the polls. They needed to create some buzz.

That’s when Chester County activist Katharine Wentworth Ruschenberger came up with an idea. Why not make a replica of the Liberty Bell, one of the nation’s most enduring symbols of freedom, and drive it around the state on a multi-county tour? Throw in a few parades, some brass bands and an assortment of flags and banners, and who wouldn’t sit up and take notice?

Join us for a screening of the documentary film Finding Justice: The Untold Story of Women’s Fight for the Vote, which tells the story of a band of intrepid women and their one-ton bronze bell that became a celebrated icon of the women's suffrage movement.  You can watch the film's trailer here.

The film's writer and director, Amanda Owen, will discuss the film and answer questions.

Ms Owen is an author and an independent scholar of women’s history. She is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Justice Bell Foundation. She  is currently writing a book about the Justice Bell's role in the American women's suffrage movement.

Thursday, April 25, 2024
6:30pm - 7:30pm
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Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
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Marple Public Library
  Adults     New Adult     Seniors  
  Civic and Social Literacy     Film Discussion     History  
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