Bacon Free Library and the Natick Historical Society are co-sponsoring an online lecture on the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment delivered by Barbara Berenson, J.D. The Zoom event, set for Sept. 22 from 7-8:30pm, is free and open to the public.
The link to the virtual lecture is available upon registration. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, protecting the right to vote from discrimination on the basis of sex. The success of the women’s suffrage movement inspired greater calls for equality and evolved into the campaign for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. First introduced to Congress in 1923, the amendment passed the House and Senate in 1972 but has yet to be ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures. Campaigns for the passage of the ERA continue today.
Barbara Berenson is the author of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers (2018), Boston in the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution (2014), and Walking Tours of Civil War Boston: Hub of Abolitionism (2011, 2d ed. 2014). She is currently a lecturer at Harvard Law School and teaches a course on women’s suffrage at Tufts University.