“All Power is Inherent in the People”: A Discussion of Maine Voting Rights
a talk with Anne B. Gass
Thursday, October 14, 6 – 7 pm ET
Voting rights have evolved from the time of Maine’s founding to the present day. Which groups were initially excluded from voting rights? Why did it matter? What did it take for these marginalized groups to win the right to vote? How do voting rights continue to evolve in Maine? Join independent historian Anne B. Gass for a discussion of Maine voting rights history. The talk will be accompanied by historic slides.
About the speaker: Anne B. Gass is the author of a book about her great-grandmother, Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Fight for Woman Suffrage, published in 2014. She is a popular speaker on her book and women’s rights history at libraries, museums, senior colleges, high schools, and other venues. In 2015 she retraced the route suffrage activists took in 1915 from San Francisco to Washington, DC. This is the basis for her novel, We Demand: The Suffrage Road Trip (2021). During her trip she met with women’s rights activists to learn what impact having won the vote made to women- what had changed, and what had not- since 1915; she blogged about it at www.suffrageroadtrip.blogspot.com. Gass has continued her great-grandmother’s activist tradition, serving on the Steering Committee for the Maine Suffrage Centennial Collaborative, and as the Maine Coordinator for the National Votes for Women Trail. In 2019 she was appointed to Maine’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, and she is the Vice-Chair of the Gray Town Council. Her writing is inspired and informed by her activism.
Cost: Free and open to the public, registration required.
Location: online via Zoom