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“Politics on the Platform: Woman Suffrage at the Chautauqua”

Join UFM for a LIVE Virtual Event! This presentation explores the Women’s Roles in the Chautauqua Movement. UFM will host “Politics on the Platform: Woman Suffrage at the Chautauqua,” a live presentation and discussion by Sarah Bell via Zoom. A recording will be available after the event. 

Please register at tryufm.org to attend this free Zoom program. This program is made possible by Humanities Kansas. 

Chautauqua was a movement that focused on moral education and self-improvement through programs on reform, religion, and culture. The movement was useful for advancing the cause of “womanhood” and provided a space for women to discuss important issues of the day. By the 1890s, women had succeeded in making it a space that promoted woman suffrage. The Ottawa Chautauqua was one of these significant spaces that supported discussions of women’s rights. This presentation will examine how women used the Chautauqua platform to engage in political activism, particularly suffrage and temperance, and how this early movement laid the groundwork for contemporary issues of feminism and gender equality. 

Sarah Bell holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in history and is Development Officer at the Watkins Museum of History in Lawrence. Her dissertation studied woman suffragists’ participation with the Chautauqua Movement. “The women I research inspire me to fight for progress and justice in our world today. Sharing their stories is a way to honor and recognize their hard work at advancing our society,” said Bell. 

“Politics on the Platform: Woman Suffrage at the Chautauqua” is part of Humanities Kansas’s Movement of Ideas Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and workshops designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement. 

Humanities Kansas is an independent nonprofit spearheading a movement of ideas to empower the people of Kansas to strengthen their communities and our democracy. Since 1972, our pioneering programming, grants, and partnerships have documented and shared stories to spark conversations and generate insights. Together with our partners and supporters, we inspire all Kansans to draw on history, literature, ethics, and culture to enrich their lives and serve the communities and state we all proudly call home. Visit humanitieskansas.org.

Dial-In Information

Please register at tryufm.org to attend this free Zoom program. The link will be emailed to each participant who registers.   

Monday, June 15, 2020 at 7:00pm