Virginia Minor visits – April 26

The graphic above about the Virginia Minor re-enactment has an American suffrage poster from icollector.com set into it. The poster, on the far right, "Votes for Women 1915," is highlighted within a white line.

The graphic above about the Virginia Minor re-enactment has an American suffrage poster from icollector.com set into it. The poster, on the far right, “Votes for Women 1915,” is highlighted within a white line.

Virginia Minor re-enactment
Presentation and re-enactment by Barbara Kay who portrays Virginia Minor, 1824 -1894, the suffragette who fought to get women the right to vote. In 1872, Virginia Minor tried to register to vote. She was denied, so she sued for the right. She was told by the Missouri Supreme Court that as a woman, she did not have the right to vote. She then went right to the top, the US Supreme Court, where she sued again for the right to vote. She again lost. Why? What did it take for women to finally get the right to vote in Federal elections in 1920? The 100th anniversary of winning that right is coming up in 2020. Learn more about the centennial at the bottom of this page.

April 26, 2018, Thursday, SCHS spring general meeting at St Johns UCC church. See directions to St Johns. Doors open at 6:30 pm, brief business meeting at 7:00. Refreshments followed by presentation, the Virginia Minor re-enactment.

St Johns UCC Church
11333 St. Johns Church Rd
Mehlville, MO 63123

See directions to St Johns UCC church

Venue - St Johns UCC Church

Venue – St Johns UCC Church

About the speaker, re-enactor, Barbara Kay

Barbara Kay is a retired history teacher. She portrays a number of historical characters in period dress. These characters include the following:

Martha Washington
Betsy Ross
Mary Lincoln
Clara Barton
Julie Ward Howell
Moly Brown
Dolly Madison
Abigail Adams
Anna Bissel

Barbara Kay portraying Virginia Minor

Barbara Kay portraying Virginia Minor

Major question from Virginia Minor

Do you vote? Every election?

Major question from Virginia Minor Do you vote? Women and men? Every election?

Major question from Virginia Minor Do you vote?
Women and men? Every election?

Meeting agenda

6:30 pm – Doors open members and visitors, general public at 6:30 pm.
6:30 – 7:00 – Browse displays and visit with friends*
7:00 – 7:25 – Brief business meeting
7:25 – 7:40 – Refreshment time
7:40 – 8:35 – Presentation and re-enactment by Barbara Kay of Virginia Minor
8:35 – 8:40 – Wrap up and good night

*Germans in St. Louis Research Group will have a table about genealogy represented by Nancy Von Behren and Kathy Wurth.

  • Germans in St. Louis Research Group – Programs on how to research and find your ancestors in German records.
    Facebook page: Germans in St. Louis Research Group
    Web site: http://www.germansinstlouis.com/

    Family Tree Tours – Take a trip to Germany visit your ancestors home town and the area they lived in before they immigrated.
    Facebook page: Family Tree Tours Heritage Travel
    Web site: https://familytreetours.com/

Photos used

Photos above:

Left; American suffrage poster from icollector.com

Middle; Photo of two suffragettes from TesTeach.com

Right; Campaign button from National Museum of American History blog post, Traveling for Suffrage Part 4: Riding the rails”

Below; The graphic below has a drawing on the left of Virginia Minor from Wikipedia, and on the right an American suffrage poster from icollector.com, “Votes for Women 1915,” which is highlighted within a white line.

Virginia Minor drawing above from Wikipedia and poster from icollector.com

Virginia Minor drawing above from Wikipedia and poster from icollector.com

References on the web to Virginia Minor and women’s right to vote

Virginia Minor
The State Historical Society of Missouri
Wikipedia
National Park Service

History of women’s right to vote

The US Supreme Court case of Minor v. Happersett 

The Voting Rights Act of 1965

The dedication of the Virginia Minor Bust in Jefferson City
The American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Oppression of women in 19th century literature

Some men, and women too, campaigned against the right for women to vote: Anti-suffragettes

Working conditions for women in 19th-century

Is the word suffragists or suffragettes?

Colors of the suffragette movement

Women’s right to vote in movies

Iron Jawed Angels
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338139/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Jawed_Angels

The seven best films about women getting the vote, as chosen by the BFI
https://inews.co.uk/culture/film/best-womens-suffrage-films-recommended-bfi/

How women’s suffrage has been represented in American film
https://daily.jstor.org/how-womens-suffrage-has-been-represented-in-american-film/

The 2015 movie “Suffragette” – a review

See “Suffragette” movie trailer  from YouTube.com

Photos below are from movie “Suffragette”

The clip below from YouTube.com of the Sister Suffragette song from the Walt Disney movie “Mary Poppins”

Lyrics to the song Sister Suffragette by Glynis Johns
From lyrics.com

We’re clearly soldiers in petticoats
And dauntless crusaders for woman’s votes
Though we adore men individually
We agree that as a group they’re rather stupid!

Cast off the shackles of yesterday!
Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!
Our daughters’ daughters will adore us
And they’ll sign in grateful chorus
“Well done, Sister Suffragette!”

From Kensington to Billingsgate
One hears the restless cries!
From ev’ry corner of the land:
“Womankind, arise!”
Political equality and equal rights with men!
Take heart! For Missus Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again!

No more the meek and mild subservients we!
We’re fighting for our rights, militantly!
Never you fear!

So, cast off the shackles of yesterday!
Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!
Our daughters’ daughters will adore us
And they’ll sign in grateful chorus
“Well done! Well done!
Well done Sister Suffragette!”

The 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the US is coming up in 2020. To honor the centennial, the Missouri History Museum is planning an exhibit to open in about 2020.

Meet VM

Meet Virginia Minor in person, Thursday, April 26 at SCHS general meeting at St Johns church