Alexandria, VA – The Women’s Suffrage movement changed history, and their powerful words and strategies led to the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972. That was nearly 50 years after it was first introduced in Congress.
The Amendment will be the focus of a three-person panel of experts on Oct. 3 at The Tower Club Tysons Corner. The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association is hosting the event, which will include the following speakers:
Dr. Ann Burnette, an associate professor of communications at Texas State University. Burnette will discuss the communication and rhetoric of the suffrage movement, as reflected in speeches and other materials. She sees strong parallels with debates over women’s rights today.
Edie Mayo, curator emerita of political history at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History,. Mayo will describe the suffragists’ visual images.
Julia Tanner, president of the Virginia Equal Rights Coalition, will highlight the ERA advocates’ communication strategies.
The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial is planned to be built at Occoquan Regional Park, which is near the former Lorton Prison, also known as the Occoquan Workhouse, where suffragists were imprisoned in 1917 for protesting women’s right to vote.
Widespread news of their ill treatment at the facility became the turning point in the passage of the 19th amendment.