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Selling Suffrage: Words and Symbols to Win the Vote and the ERA

  • Tower Club – Tysons Corner 8000 Towers Crescent Dr Suite 1700 Vienna, VA 22182 United States (map)

Powerful arguments and compelling visual images were essential in convincing the American public to support votes for women. In many cases the suffragists had to create their own.The need to "sell" the Equal Rights Amendment has also faced communication challenges. Come hear experts and advocates describe the written and graphic messages that suffragists used to change public opinion, and learn how those messages connect to later campaigns for the Equal Rights Amendment.

Dr. Ann Burnette, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Texas State University, will describe the different types of arguments used by the suffragists.

Edith P. Mayo, Curator Emeritus of Political History, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, will showcase the range of visual images created and deployed.

Julia Tanner, President, Virginia Equal Rights Coalition, will cover communication strategies of the ERA movement over time.

The panel will be moderated by Nancy Tate, former Executive Director, League of Women Voters of the United States.

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