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O Emily, How Could You? Anit-Suffragette Program

  • May 24, 2017
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • The Woman's Club of Albany


O Emily, How Could You?

A Look at Cherry Hill’s Anti-Suffragette,

Emily Rankin

You’ve heard about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and the Women’s Suffrage Movement. But did you know that there was a strong anti-suffrage movement, and that some of the loudest voices were those of women fighting against the right to vote?

Deborah Emmons-Andarawis, Curator at Historic Cherry Hill, will make a special presentation on the topic at the Woman’s Club. (Woman’s Club members were also divided over the issue.) Emily Rankin (1889-1963) lived at Cherry Hill and came of age as the suffrage debate was raging in New York. What made this anti-suffragette tick? The collection of photographs, letters, diaries, and oral histories at Historic Cherry Hill richly document Emily’s life and shed light on the forces that helped form her opinions—and the general socio-political climate in Albany.

The anti-suffragettes even had their own soundtrack! A number of songs were written for both sides of the issue. As a special part of the evening’s fare, we will hear a few of them performed by Tony Opalka and Mary Le Fleur.

This event is free and open to the public.  RSVP's appreciated at 518.465.3626 or womansclub@hotmail.com

**Please note that The Woman’s Club is not yet accessible (but we’re working on it).

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