Lori Osborne, Director of Archives & Outreach at the Evanston History Center, in celebration of Women’s History Month in March, joined Paige Harrington, Executive Director of the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, Dr. Rosalyn Terborg Pen, University Professor Emerita, Morgan State University, and Kristina Myers, Program Director at the Alice Paul Institute, for a discussion on how the temperance and woman suffrage movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries created opportunities for women to organize for social, economic, and political change. Support for the temperance movement through the largest women’s organization, the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, opened the door for women to work not only for temperance, but for issues including improved working conditions for wage-earning women, improved public education, and political equality. The discussion provides a fascinating look at the individuals who participated in both movements, the organizations they created, and women as the driving force behind significant change in the United States.
To view the discussion, click here. You will be taken to the US National Archives YouTube page.