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Path to the Vote: Women's Campaign for Suffrage and Political Equality in Modern America

Thu, July 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

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Register Here The class has a one-time registration fee for all three meetings.

This Verso University three-part series will consider the history of women's activism for the right to vote and political representation in the United States. How did we get where we are today?

Part I will examine the suffrage campaign in the 19th century and early work on the part of women inside and outside of Connecticut to secure greater opportunity in the public sector.

Part II will explore the work of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (forerunner to the League of Women Voters) to secure the right to vote for women in the early 20th century within the changing realities of the industrial world.

Part III will focus on the activism of the National Woman's Party in the final years of the suffrage movement during World War I and conclude with an exploration of the LWV and NWP's work after 1920 that helped better integrate women into politics. 

This class will be taught by Dr. Kelly Marino. Copies of Dr. Marino's new book, Votes for College Women: Alumni, Students, and the Woman Suffrage Campaign will be available to purchase at the first class.


Dr. Kelly Marino is a historian of 20th century America with a focus on women’s history and the history of sexuality. A native of Connecticut, she is also passionate about state and local history. She received her BSED and CT Teacher’s Certification from CCSU in 2008 and MA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2010. She graduated with her PhD from Binghamton University (SUNY) in 2016 and started work at Sacred Heart in the Fall of 2019. Dr. Marino teaches courses on United States history and surveys of western civilization.


Verso University is the library’s lifelong learning and education initiative, serving up year-round offerings of classes, workshops, and lectures designed to further education and learning. Offerings run the gamut of educational opportunities, ranging from one-time lectures to ongoing courses to classes that meet weekly or monthly.

The class size is limited. The class has a one-time registration fee for all three meetings of $25, and registration is mandatory. The Westport Library wants to ensure that all interested students can participate in Verso University courses, so if the registration fee is a barrier to entry for you, please contact [email protected].

Verso University programs are made possible by the generous support of the Nancy J. Beard Lifelong Learning and Education Fund.

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Women's Suffrage
Nineteenth Amendment

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