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ITHACA, N.Y. — Including The History Center’s “Truth is the Only Safe Ground to Stand Upon” Portraits of Suffragists to Celebrate the Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote in New York State by Christine Nobles Heller (ends on November 4), the Women’s Suffrage Series will also include the following programs:

Tuesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. at The History Center in Tompkins County – a panel discussion “Perspectives on Voting” in collaboration with the Dorothy Cotton Institute and League of Women Voters. This will be a panel format to hear different perspectives on voting. Moderated by Rod Howe (Executive Director of The History Center) and Kirby Edmonds (Dorothy Cotton Institute Senior Fellow and Program Coordinator), panelists Herb Engman, Linda Duttweiler, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, and Dr. Maria Thomadaki will address questions such as what does voting participation mean to them and what empowers them to be involved as citizens. There will be opportunities for Q&A and for participants to share their own perspectives on voting.

Thursday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m. at The History Center in Tompkins County – Anthologist Stacey Murphy and other authors will read from “New York Votes for Women: A Suffrage Centennial Anthology.” What was it like for courageous women in New York State to fight for the vote? What parts of our heritage – history and herstory – have we never heard before? And, one hundred years later, what other issues of equality are renewing the pull that many feel to speak out?

In NY Votes for Women: A Suffrage Centennial Anthology, twenty-one women explore these questions in a variety of engaging memoirs, stories and poems. Join Cayuga Lake Books, the Anthology editors, and readers on October 26 at 6:30 PM and hear readings from the following contributors: Carol Kammen, Gaia Woolf-Nightingall, Lisa Harris, Nora Snyder, Sarah Jefferis, Yvonne Fisher. To learn more about the Anthology, visit or Copies of the book will be available for purchase!

Wednesday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Cinemapolis – “Iron Jawed Angels,” a film screening and discussion sponsored by The History Center in Tompkins County in collaboration with Cinemapolis and Ithaca College’s Project Look Sharp.

The discussion will be facilitated by Cyndy Scheibe from the Ithaca College’s Project Look Sharp. Free admission, with $5.00 donations graciously accepted. Iron Jawed Angels is a 2004 American historical drama film directed by Katja Von Garnier. The film stars Hilary Swank as suffragist leader Alice Paul, Frances O’Connor as activist Lucy Burns, Julia Ormond as Inez Milholland, and Anjelica Huston as Carrie Chapman Catt. It received critical acclaim after the film premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Thursday, November 2 at 7 p.m. at The History Center in Tompkins County – “Women’s Suffrage and Political Office: A Seat at the Table,” a panel discussion being held in partnership with the Tompkins County League of Women Voters.

Moderated by Leslie Danks Burke, the panel will include Martha Robertson, Pamela Bleiwas, Deb Mohlenhoff, Liz Thomas, and Deborah Cippola-Dennis who will cover such questions as: Are you conscious of being a role model for young women? What message do you have for young women about voting, being an involved citizen and politics? Is there a key challenge associated with being a woman who is an elected official? As an elected official who is a woman what do you see as a key opportunity? The event is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

All programs being held in conjunction with the Women’s Suffrage Series are free and open to the public.

Fore more information on any of these events, visit the History Center.

Featured image: Christine Nobles Heller works on a mural of Matilda Joslyn Gage at the History Center. The mural is part of the Women’s Suffrage Series. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice