Honoring the Hard-Won Fight for Votes for Women

Durand-Hedden House   — Sunday, March 15, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

American women won the right to vote 100 years ago – but only after a struggle lasting more than 70 years. Visit the Durand-Hedden House to see the exhibit Honoring the Hard-Won Fight for Votes for Women to learn about the origins of women’s suffrage and modern feminism — an outgrowth of women’s critical involvement in the anti-slavery movement before the Civil War. Both white and African American abolitionists began to advocate for women’s rights as they saw the need to expand the push for freedom for black people with a movement to enable all women to exercise their rights as citizens as well.

At one time, some of the most prominent women’s suffrage activists lived in New Jersey, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton; Lucy Stone, who cited the original American protest against England of “taxation without representation” in refusing to pay her taxes; and Florence Spearing Randolph, who served on the executive board of the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association, organized the New Jersey Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, and became the first African American woman to enroll at Drew University. At 2:00 p.m. hear the words of Alice Paul of Paulsdale, NJ, a vocal leader of the 20th century women’s suffrage movement. Alisa Dupuy will interpret Alice Paul, who advocated for and helped secure passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the right to vote.

The Durand-Hedden House is at 523 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood. The event will be on Sunday, March 15 from 1 to 4
pm, and the exhibit will continue through June on Durand-Hedden program days or by appointment. See the calendar of events at