LWV PIKE COUNTY AND GREY TOWERS TEAM TO CELEBRATE CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY YEAR OF WOMEN’S VOTING RIGHTS
Milford, PA, September 16, 2019 – On Sunday, October 20, the League of Women Voters of Pike County, the Grey Tower Heritage Association and the U.S. Forest Service will collaborate on an informational program to kick off a year-long centennial celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The presentation, entitled Cornelia Bryce Pinchot and the 19th Amendment: The Women’s Vote and a Century of Impact, will a look at the work, point of view, and effect of Cornelia Pinchot on the suffrage movement and other progressive causes. The historical presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on the work accomplished by the 19th Amendment, ratified on August 20, 1920, and the work that is yet left unfinished.
Participants for the event will include 8th District Congressman Matt Cartwright, and discussion panelists Siobhan “Sam” Bennett (Chief Strategic Officer and Senior Vice President, Legal Momentum – The Women’s Defense and Education Fund); Eolwyn Corby (Vision 2020 Program Manager, Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine); Tameko Patterson-Winfield (President, Greater Pocono Section of the National Council of Negro Women); and Mary Zimmerman (Immediate Past President of the Lewisburg League of Women Voters, as well as lecturer on women’s history).
The program will run from 2:00-3:30 p.m. with light refreshments to follow. In order to ensure adequate seating, anyone wishing to attend may pre-register by email at LWVPikeCounty@gmail.com, or on the LWV Pike website at www.lwvpike.org/contact-u.
“Gifford and Cornelia Pinchot opened their home at Grey Towers to help propel forward conservation, social justice and civil rights issues that they felt would improve the lives of all Americans,” said William Dauer, Director of Grey Towers. “The suffrage movement was one of those causes and we are pleased to host the League of Women Voters as they launch this year-long celebration of education and awareness.”
Local LWV president Liz Forrest said, “Pike County has a wealth of history related to women’s suffrage and conservation. Grey Towers and their former owners Cornelia and Gifford Pinchot uniquely embodied both. We could not conceive of a more appropriate place to start our celebratory year and to make plans for the next century.” She added that there are already plans to return to Grey Towers next August to celebrate the actual anniversary.
During 2020, the League of Women Voters will also celebrate the centennial of its founding on February 14. Cornelia Pinchot was one of its founders, as well as an undeniable influence on young women locally and across the state who for the first time were able to run for office and to vote for themselves. “Throughout next year, we will be providing informational presentations on other of the area’s notable activist women, such as Dorothy Stroh Disdale of Matamoras – the country’s first elected female district attorney – and others who would not take ‘no’ for an answer in a world that kept telling them to sit down and be quiet,” said Forrest.
The League of Women Voters never endorses any political candidates or parties and is a non-partisan organization comprised of volunteers who work to help voters make informed decisions by making information available. The League of Women Voters of Pike County is part of the LWV US and PA organizations, which were founded to advocate for women's right to vote. While the name remains in homage to its founders, male members have become an important part of LWV. For those interested in becoming members, and are at least 16 years of age, visit our web page at http://www.lwvpike.org. Anyone wishing more information on activities and future meetings at the local level may send email to LWVPikeCounty@gmail.com or submit a message at www.lwvpike.org/contact-u.
For additional information about Grey Towers, visit www.fs.usda.gov/greytowers or email at SM.FS.email@example.com or call 570-296-9630.