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Woman Suffrage in Black and White
Alice Paul famously said that to her, “there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.” However, the history of the woman suffrage movement shows that time and again issues such as race did complicate efforts to win women the vote. From the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 to the streets of Washington D.C. in 1913 to Southern statehouses in 1920, many women of color found themselves excluded from the front lines of the movement and pushed to the background, sometimes quite literally. National Parks Service Ranger Susan Philpott of the Belmont Paul Women’s Equality Monument will tell this story through the words of the women who were there, struggling against the sexism of the society as well as the racism of many in their own ranks.

Aug 14, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Susan Philpott
Ranger @National Park Service
Susan Philpott is a Park Ranger with the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument in Washington, D.C. For more than 90 years, the site has been the headquarters of the National Woman's Party founded by Alice Paul. The 200-year-old house on Capitol Hill is now a museum dedicated to the fight for woman suffrage and the ongoing struggle for women's equality. Susan has been an interpreter for the National Park Service for over 10 years. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Public History from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC.) She loves to engage visitors with the history of freedom and justice in the United States, exploring the stories of those who work for social change.