The 19th Amendment in Connecticut
Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
In the late 19th Century, the women’s rights movement split between those favoring a time-consuming, state-by-state legislative approval, and those who took to the streets and risked arrest, to obtain a federal law on votes by women, mandatory for every state. The divisions among various factions did not resolve until after World War I, when all factions committed to the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The U.S. Constitution required ratification by 36 states, and the suffragists were faced with objections in several states.
This talk will focus on the ratification effort and will rely on historic documents from our state archives. It will describe the role that Connecticut played in this effort as opposed to other states, such as Tennessee. This fascinating story includes descriptions of government officials both “pro” and “anti” suffrage, as well as the confrontations between the suffrage and anti-suffrage movements. The talk ends on a happy note with the 19th Amendment in effect for the vote for president in 1920. Read Weiss’s book, The Woman’s Hour ahead of time to learn more about this state-by-state process.
Lecture presented by Honorable Henry S. Cohn. Judge Henry Cohn was appointed to the Connecticut Superior Court in 1997, and is presently a Judge Trial Referee. He has served as elections attorney, deputy secretary of the state (briefly secretary of the state) as well as an assistant attorney general and adjunct professor at UConn Law School. He is co-author of a legal history of the Hartford Circus Fire and has written and spoken extensively on a variety of topics.