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September 11th Schedule of Events

Delaware's 22nd Annual Chautauqua - Women's Work: Campaigning for Social Change Banner

Zwaanendael Facebook livestream and Zoom
– Friday, September 11th

All programs are free and open to the first 100 registrants.

“Women Working Towards Suffrage” –12:00 pm

Kathy Ruth, Chair of the Civic Engagement and Outreach Program, GFWC Zwaanendael Women’s Club, along with members of the Zwaanendael Women’s Club will present costumed short profiles of women working towards suffrage. Learn about famous suffragettes Alice Paul, Amelia Jenks Bloomer, Nell Richardson, Alice Burke and others.

In 1905, thirty women met to organize a Lewes chapter of the Century Club, later to become the Delaware Federation of Women’s Clubs.  They called the club Zwaanendael, commemorating the town’s Dutch settlement of the same name in 1631.

“Ethel Leach–1:15 pm

Nick Serratore, Exhibitions director of the Rehoboth Art League discusses local artist Ethel Leach and her contributions to the League’s founding.

Nick was born and raised in Abington, PA. He graduated from the Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia and from Wilmington University. In the past decade he has had multiple solo exhibitions, participated in many charitable events, and won numerous awards for his pastel landscapes. He recently won a 2012 Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts for emerging Delaware artist.

“Vera Gilbride-Davis”—2:30pm

Dick Carter, Director of Special Projects Delaware Senate and Chair of the Delaware Heritage Commission along with Patricia Davis Mercer, Mrs. Davis’s granddaughter, will discuss Mrs. Davis’s political accomplishments as well as her personal life with family.

“Celebrating 100 Years:  Revisiting the Women’s Suffrage Movement with 2020 Hindsight”—3:45 pm

Through Lora Englehart’s program you will meet some of the determined women, both on the national level and in Delaware who lobbied for and those who lobbied against women’s right to vote.

Due to Lora Englehart’s interest in American History she became aware of Wilmington born Mary Ann Shad Cary, Delaware’s Forgotten Daughter and other incredible people who have contributed to society but were not included in history books due to their gender or race. 

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities a state program of the  National Endowment for the Humanities.

“Alice Paul”—7:15pm

Alice Paul – Not Ourselves but the Cause: The Fight for Woman Suffrage 
Portrayed by Taylor Williams, Esq.

 Blunt-speaking, no-nonsense Alice Paul was born into a Quaker family in New Jersey. Her many areas of studies included Biology at Swarthmore College, Social Work at the New York School of Philanthropy (now the Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work) and the University of Birmingham. She learned economics and political science at the London School of Economics, and received an MA in Sociology and a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania; all while working for Woman Suffrage. Paul later went to law school eventually earning a Doctor of Civil Law from American University. 

Inspired by Britain’s Christabel Pankhurst to speak out for women’s right to vote, Paul joined the fight for suffrage in Great Britain, returned home to the United States to work with the National American Woman Suffrage Association, founded the National Woman’s Party, campaigned against President Wilson’s refusal to support woman suffrage, went on hunger strikes and was jailed in order to secure the 19th Amendment. When that amendment passed, Paul wrote and worked for the Equal Rights Amendment, introducing the bill in 1923. 

To this date the E.R.A. remains un-ratified, and is therefore not fully a part of the United States Constitution.

In this stirring presentation, Taylor Williams portrays the indomitable Alice Paul. She explains the simple idea behind the Equal Rights Amendment: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” Ms. Williams demystifies the concept, as well as its non-ratification. Crediting Ms. Paul as a supreme strategist who revitalized the suffrage movement, Ms. Williams brings to life the all-too-human woman willing to be classified a political prisoner and endure force feedings in order to elicit the public outrage that would eventually convince a nation that women deserve the vote. When Alice Paul was asked why she persevered so single-mindedly, Paul quoted her father, “When you put your hand to the plow, you can’t set it down until you get to the end of the row.” 

Williams reminds us that we haven’t yet finished the row.

Taylor Williams: Performing with regional theaters from an early age, Williams has enhanced her natural talents with a BS in Education and an MA in Writing and Editing, both from Penn State, as well as an MA in Theater Arts from Villanova University. Ms. Williams’ theater studies involved classical training in England at the Royal National Theater. A practicing lawyer for 30+ years, with a J.D. degree from Temple University, Ms. Williams heads the litigation unit for Pennsylvania’s Unified Judiciary. She has been honored by the Welsh Society of Philadelphia for her contributions as a lawyer, actor and teacher, and by the Philadelphia Young Playwrights for her work in advancing Philadelphia’s non-profit theatre community.

Taylor Williams has performed in venues that include the University of Iowa, University of Pennsylvania’s Law School, a tour of colleges in the southern states, and the Frazier Museum. She is especially proud of recreating Alice Paul’s speech introducing the ERA at Seneca Falls, with Hillary Clinton and other notable politicos present at the ERA summit.

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