The history of women’s right to vote moves into the present-day spotlight tonight in the next installment of Thursday Nights at the Museum.
The Longmont Museum will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution with a panel discussion “100 Years of Women's Suffrage: Where Are We Now and What Lies Ahead?” Ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment declared for the first time that women, like men, deserved all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The multi-generational panel discussion will feature four civically engaged women and will cover “the century-long struggle that led to women’s suffrage, what’s happened in the 100 years since, and what work remains to be done.”
The discussion is being co-presented with KGNU Community Radio and the League of Women Voters of Boulder County and will be moderated by Maeve Conran, news director at KGNU.
Panelists will include:
- Rebecca A. Hunt, a historian who also has taught at the University of Colorado Denver, where she specialized in the social history of the American West and public history. She also writes on community, gender and ethnic history. Hunt was the historian on the award-winning documentary about Neal Forsling, “Casper Mountain, A Woman to Match a Mountain.” She also is the author of several books.
- Marta Loachamin, a candidate for Boulder County commissioner and an advocate who has worked for social, economic and housing justice.
- Shiquita Yarbrough, manager of community engagement and equity for the YWCA Boulder County. In her role at the YWCA, she manages programs including Reading to End Racism and Latina Achievement Support and manages and recruits volunteers. Before joining YWCA, she worked for Community Foundation Boulder County, The Austin Housing Authority as a property manager, and was a Federal Emergency Management Agency case manager for Hurricane Katrina evacuees.
The discussion will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Museum’s Stewart Auditorium. Longmont Museum members can attend in person but seating is limited to 45 members and reservations are required. COVID-19 safety guidelines will be in place, including mask wearing throughout the event. Reservations are required and can be made here or by calling 303-651-8374.The program also will be livestreamed on the Museum’s Facebook page, LongmontPublicMedia and Comcast channels 8 and 880.