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Kennedy Institute to honor women’s suffrage movement

September 2, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is illuminating how suffragists influenced the U.S. Senate to allow women to vote.

The new program — The Citizens’ Senate: Women’s Fight for Suffrage — will explore how women organized, lobbied and protested the government during the final decade of the suffrage movement from 1910 until 1920.

The program will also examine the politics inside the movement, including organizational rivalries between groups involved in the effort to secure the right to vote. The institute is on the University of Massachusetts Boston campus.

A woman’s right to vote was secured by the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920.

The program that will launch in December was made possible through the support of Mass Humanities and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation.

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