Tea & Suffrage

Event Details

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote.  To celebrate this milestone, the Coshocton Public Library is hosting a series of three “virtual tea parties”  on our Facebook page. At 4:00 (Tea Time!) for three consecutive Mondays in August, brew yourself a cup of tea and join Holli Rainwater as she brings you a short program highlighting interesting facts and stories about women and their fight for the vote. 

To sweeten the pot, a very special gift will be given away at the end of the series. Watch one or more of the programs to find out how to win! NOTE: These programs can be watched at your leisure whether you are a Facebook user or not. Just email Holli at hrainwater@coshoctonlibrary.org to receive a link to each program.

August 17  Tea and Suffrage

Ratified in August of 1920, the 19th Amendment required a lengthy and difficult struggle involving decades of agitation and protest, but it all started with a tea party.  On the surface, it was just another tea party—a well-behaved group of women passing cups of brewed beverages around a genteel table.  Join us to find out more about how the drinking of tea helped women win the vote. 

August 24  Pedaling to Freedom

Susan B. Anthony had this to say about the bicycle: "I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel... the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood."  Join us to learn about how women rode the bicycle to freedom.

August 31  A Tribute to Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Abolitionist. Suffragist. Poet. Ohio resident. Frances Ellen Watkins Harper co-founded the National Association of Colored Women (NACW) and appealed to women of all colors to work towards social equality.   Join us to find out more about how she used her pen to fight oppression in all its forms.