a book talk with Anne B. Gass
Thursday, April 22, 6pm – 7pm
Join author Maine Anne B. Gass as she takes us on a historic road trip with her newest book, We Demand: the Suffrage Road Trip, based on the true story of a team of women determined to win the right to vote. They left San Francisco’s Panama Pacific International Exposition in September, 1915, carrying with them a petition to Congress and President Wilson demanding an amendment to the United States Constitution enfranchising women. Over sometimes dangerous, poorly signed roads and through blazing heat, rain, snow, and mud, they battled their way across the country, stopping in towns as they went to collect more signatures and to raise awareness of the suffrage cause. Gass has retraced the original route and recounts the story of these determined women with her latest book. Join us!
About the author: Anne B. Gass is the author of Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Fight for Woman Suffrage, published by Maine Authors Publishing in 2014. Gass, who is Whitehouse’s great-granddaughter, speaks regularly on Florence Brooks Whitehouse and women’s rights history at conferences, historical societies, libraries, high schools, and other venues. She serves on the steering committee of the Maine Suffrage Centennial Collaborative, and as the Maine Coordinator for the National Votes for Women Trail, a project of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites. She also serves on Maine's Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. She's a co-curator of an upcoming Maine Historical Society exhibit on social justice, and is a panelist for the Maine Arts Commission's suffrage mural project.