Did Sojourner Truth Visit Andover’s campus to Advocate for Women’s Suffrage?
And, what were Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy students and teachers doing and saying about the question over women’s rights? Find out about these and other intriguing facts during the Brace Center’s year marking the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment!
The moment the calendar page flipped to January 2020, people all over the country got busy planning for, or launching into, activities, events, writing, reading, pondering, and celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification. Andover has big plans too.
Led by the Brace Center for Gender Studies, an excited group of students, faculty, and staff are about to launch a year-long effort to understand better, learn from, and build on the complex and fascinating history and legacy of the 19th Amendment. A brief overview of the year ahead shows that organizers won’t merely seek to commemorate the event. In the spirit of the movement behind it and beyond it, they seek to complicate, interrogate, and agitate as well.
Kicking off the year is January 17th’s all-school assembly, which is devoted to unpacking the historical context, including the full range of diverse groups who led and constituted the 19th– and early 20th-century movements for voting rights. The assembly will also include unveiling of a student-developed interactive program displaying information about women’s leadership globally, and the launch of plans for a series of creative, fun, irreverent, silly—and more serious—“100 events celebrating the 100th Anniversary” that will take place through 2020. Watch for updates here and connect with the Brace Center over Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date on all these events!