(January 10, 2023) Maryland suffragists who fought for voting equity and passage of the 19th Amendment all had a single goal, but each had a different life story. Harford County‘s Elizabeth Forbes landed in jail for her efforts. Augusta Chissell and Margaret Hawkins lived side-by-side in Baltimore’s Druid Hill neighborhood and worked to assure voting rights both before and after the 19th amendment passed in 1919. Laura Byrne opened her Ellicott City Main Street home to suffragists who travelled around the state, encouraging women to empower themselves.
On January 25, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. a panel of MWHC board members will share stories of some almost-forgotten women who passionately fought for passage of the 19th amendment. Register: https://MWHCcelebratingwomen.eventbrite.com.
For the past several years, the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center has worked with the National Votes for Women Trail, William G. Pomeroy Foundation and local historical societies to install historical markers to help etch these women into their rightful place in history. These permanent markers are now located in nine Maryland communities, with a tenth planned for Baltimore City at the MWHC event venue in the historic former Woman’s Industrial Exchange building.
Help us make sure that these women, who fought against the norm, are never forgotten.