Wednesday, March 6th
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Moderated by Janee Woods Weber of She Leads Justice
Joined by Dr. Walton Brown-Foster from CT State University, Dr. Deborah Ducoff-Barone from the League of Women Voters, and Secretary of State Stephanie Thomas.
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, in collaboration with playwright and activist Leslie Gabel-Brett, Janee Woods Weber of She Leads Justice (formerly the CT Women’s Education and Legal Fund), the HartBeat Ensemble, and the League of Women Voters are hosting a panel discussion with legislative leaders, scholars, and community leaders discuss the history and continued importance of women’s suffrage and voting. The discussion will explore the early efforts of the women’s suffrage movement, including the complications within this movement, the journey of the 19th century advocates to present day voting issues, and why women using their vote remains important. An advocacy organization will have a voter registration table with informative handouts available at the panel.
The March 6 panel discussion is a companion piece to a reading of a play at HartBeat Ensemble which will take place on March 8 and 9 (the Friday and Saturday after our panel).
Directed by Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr.
A staged reading, Woodhull/Beecher is inspired by real events that took place in New York City in the early 1870’s. Victoria Woodhull and her sister opened a stock brokerage in New York City. At the time, the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher – brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe – was building his stature as an orator and abolitionist. As Woodhull campaigned against marriage and for “free love” and became a candidate for president of the United States, she faced political backlash and ruin. The story of how their lives intersected is a story of ambition, sex and gender and about whose version of the truth could be told and believed in America. The Saturday matinee performance will be followed by a conversation with the playwright, Leslie Gabel-Brett.
Friday, March 8th at 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 9th at 2:00 pm
Carriage House Theatre
360 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105