Pressing the System: How Newsprint Won Women the Right to Vote

Votes for Women Volume 1, Issue 11


The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is delighted to announce “Pressing the System: How Newsprint Won Women the Right to Vote” a live Zoom presentation and panel discussion on Thursday, May 27 at 6:00 PM. Join us for a presentation discussing suffragist Katherine Smith’s utilization of newsprint to inform voters, and hear from SWSHS volunteers Bethany Green and Kathy Mulady, as well as Tracy Record from the West Seattle Blog in a panel discussion reflecting the power of the press. Registration is required.

Newspapers were instrumental in convincing voters that women deserve the right to vote in Washington state 10 full years before the 19th amendment passed in Congress.  This program will dig deeper into that journalistic legacy, and explore how the press protects and promotes the basic rights of the American people today. We’ll discuss how the press shaped the way that the public perceived the suffrage movement in Washington for 50 years while women fought for the right to vote and reflect on that power today. 

The program will consist of a 20-minute presentation from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, followed by a 30-minute panel discussion, with a chance for an audience Q&A.

This presentation is a program of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. This program is made possible by the support of our sponsors 4Culture, Luna Park Cafe, and HomeStreet Bank.

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