Thanks to everyone who came to our forum this evening! Below are the questions we received from the audience, grouped into topic areas, followed by answers from Councilor Deb Crossley. Read more →
The Newton Free Library presents
The Abolitionist Origins of the Women’s Suffrage Movement
co-sponsored by LWVN
Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00 pm
Join Manisha Sinha, author of The Slaves Cause: A History of Abolition, for a talk that will illuminate the forgotten origins of the women’s suffrage movement in the abolition movement and reconsider the break between abolitionists and some feminists during Reconstruction. Read more →
The League of Women Voters was pleased to host a community discussion led by Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian in November 12, 7 p.m. at the Angier School. Sheriff Koutoujian talked about the work of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, partnerships with local law enforcement and efforts to address the needs of justice-involved individuals with substance use and mental health disorders. He also discussed innovative programs for incarcerated military veterans and young adult offenders.
This event was co-sponsored with the League of Women Voters of Arlington, Norwood, Sudbury, Wayland and Weston.
You can learn more about Sheriff Koutoujian here: https://www.midd lesexsheriff.org /sheriffs-execut ive-office/pages /sheriff-koutouj ian-biograph
On Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 7:00pm, the League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) co-sponsored a Newton Free Library event, together with Historic Newton and the Newton Human Rights Commission, hosted by author and guest Barbara Berenson. The event, “After Suffrage: A 20/20 Perspective on Women’s Rights, 1920 – 2020” was a talk that explored how women have fared politically and legally over the past century; considered how women activists have built alliances and shaped laws in an effort to combat stereotypes, discrimination and gender-based violence at home, at work and in the public sphere; reviewed some of the key developments over the past century including a discussion of the long and ongoing campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment; and discussed the historical connections between women who opposed suffrage and those who oppose women’s rights today. Barbara Berenson is the author of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers (2018), Boston in the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution (2014) and Walking Tours of Civil War Boston: Hub of Abolitionism (2011, 2d ed. 2014). She is the co-editor of Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts (2012).
Please consider joining LWVN for a discussion of Barbara’s book (Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers (2018)) with the author on Sunday, December 1 from 3 pm to 4:30 pm at the Waban Library Center. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitted by Karen Manning
Did you miss LWVN’s forum on Ranked Choice Voting at the Newton Free Library? Here’s a second chance to hear the presentation and get a better understanding of why the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts supports ranked choice voting! Click here to watch: Ranked Choice Voting at the Newton Free Library