USF presents lecture on suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage

0413 Suffragist Lecture by Deb WorkmanUniversity of St. Francis (USF) will host a lecture by USF Assistant History Professor Deb Workman, titled “‘No Name Sweeter Than Liberty: The Untold Story of Suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage.” It will take place April 23 at 7 p.m. in USF’s Executive Conference Room located on campus in the Motherhouse, 520 Plainfield Rd., Joliet. The public is invited.

Workman will focus on a protest carried out by the suffragettes on July 4, 1876. The demonstration occurred at the U.S. Centennial Celebration in Philadelphia, where a group led by Gage delivered the Declaration of the Rights of Women to the U.S. Vice President and others, pointing out the irony of U.S. independence that excluded women. A historical re-enactment of the speech will take place as part of the lecture.

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