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C-GCC Presents In Her Voice: Stories of the Suffragettes

Suffragette (women’s rights movement) Emmeline Pankhurst protesting the English policy in India. Trafalger Square, London, England, 1907-1914.
March 21, 2019 11:38 am

HUDSON — Columbia-Greene Community College will present In Her Voice: Stories of Suffragettes and the World They Created at 5 p.m. March 28 in the Professional Academic Center on campus, 4400 Route 23, Hudson.

The multidisciplinary event is part of C-GCC’s observance of Women’s History Month, and will feature a panel of 10 local women who will each recite passages written by a wide variety of key players in the suffragette movement, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, and Susan B. Anthony.

Matthew Kenny, professor of Biological Sciences, explained that In Her Voice is the second installment of C-GCC’s new Never Forget series, dedicated to calling attention to global issues through multidisciplinary presentations.

“Our goal is to create events that lead to conversations surrounding diversity, cultural understanding, and positive change by remembering and reminding others of the lessons of the past,” he said, noting that the series’ first installment coincided with the fifth night of Hanukkah and served as remembrance of Kristallnacht, an event that occurred 80 years ago in Nazi-controlled Germany and lead to the destruction of more than 1,000 Jewish synagogues and 7,500 Jewish businesses, and the arrest of more than 30,000 Jewish men who were taken to concentration camps.

“The conversations between students, faculty, and members of the community that followed that event were important and long-lasting,” added Kenny. “It’s our hope that In Her Voice will continue those conversations, this time around the issue of women’s rights.”

The passages that will be read are the words of both British and American suffragettes, and range from speeches to personal letters to newspaper articles. They were curated by Nicole Childrose, assistant professor of history at C-GCC, and will be recited within a narrative framework researched and written by Maya Greene, associate professor of Communication Studies.

Additionally, the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, located in Adams, Mass., has loaned a selection of historic objects relative to the suffragette movement to the college, which will be on display along with interactive exhibits. C-GCC’s Political Science Club will be on hand with voter registration materials, and the college has also collaborated with its on-site caterer, Chartwell’s, to offer refreshments and décor inspired by The Woman Suffrage Cook Book, published in 1886.

For information, call 518-828-4181 ext. 3344. Inquiries concerning accessibility for people with disabilities should be directed to The Office of Accessibility Services, 518-828-4181 ext. 3437 or