March Is Women’s History Month

The League in Needham is presenting three March events in commemoration of Women’s History Month and the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting voting rights for women, and the 100th birthday of the League of Women Voters.

The Suffrage Cartoons of Blanche Ames will be on display for the month of March. Blanche Ames (1878-1969) was a Massachusetts artist, political activist, inventor, writer, and prominent supporter of women’s suffrage and birth control. In 1915 she created a series of political cartoons supporting “Votes for Women.” The cartoons were published on the front pages of the Woman’s Journal and in the Boston Transcript.

Votes for Women: Massachusetts Leaders in the Woman Suffrage Movement. On Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at the Needham Public Library, Barbara Berenson, the author of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers, will discuss Massachusetts’ role at the center of the national struggle for woman suffrage. The presentation is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Needham Library. The event is free and open to the public; no registration is required, Q+A and book sales and signing will follow the presentation.

Turning to the more recent past, the third film of the Women Take Action Film Series recounts the Women’s Liberation Movement. On March 24 at 7 p.m. at the Needham Public Library experience the documentary: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry: The History of the Women’s Liberation Movement. The film is a provocative, rousing and often humorous account of the birth of the modern women’s liberation movement in the late 1960s through the new millennium. The Series is co-hosted by the League of Women Voters of Needham and The Needham Public Library.