Storyteller to detail N.J.'s role in women's suffrage movement

womens suffrageIn celebration of Women’s History Month, the Atlantic City Free Public Library will host a program about women’s fight for the right to vote in March. The program – “Reclaiming Our Voice: New Jersey’s Central Role in the Fight for Women’s Suffrage” – will be held Tuesday, March 3, at 5 p.m.

Carol Simon Levin is a professional storyteller and independent historian who specializes in telling the stories of “fascinating women history forgot” through first-person portrayals. She will portray Lillian Feickert, who was president of the N.J. Woman Suffrage Association from 1912-20.

American women were granted the right to vote in 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified. Feickert explores the overlooked role of New Jersey in the long frustrating fight for women’s suffrage. She shares stories about how suffrage advocates Lucy Stone and Elizabeth Cady Stanton staged tax and voting protests in the state. Feickert describes how Alice Paul became the dynamo who re-energized the push for a federal amendment and how Dr. Florence Spearing Randolph brought black women into the movement.

Simon Levin authored the book “Remembering the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates”, which profiles women who worked to make a place for women in American politics. Carol holds a B.A. focusing on women’s history and history of technology from Cornell University, and an MLS from the University of Arizona. She is also the founder of Telling Her Stories, a costumed historic programs service.

This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3075, for more information.