Town Crier

TEWKSBURY — On Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m., the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail will be holding a special event at the Tewksbury Public Li­brary to celebrate 100 years of the 19th Amend­ment passing.

Suffrage is defined as the right to vote in political elections. At the time America was founded, wo­men weren’t allowed to vote, and had to wait until August of 1920, 144 years, for the 19th Amendment to be ratified. Today, women tend to vote at a higher rate than men, with, ac­cor­ding to the U.S. Census Bureau, 55 percent of wo­men voting in the 2018 midterm election, versus 52 percent of men voting in that same election.

This event will be a “special presentation of the history of the suffrage movement in Massachu­setts.” Guests will get the opportunity to take a virtual and auditory tour of the streets of Boston during the early 1900’s, when wo­men were protesting and fighting for their right to vote as citizens of Am­erica. Those who attend will hear about suffragists who were arrested for ad­vocating for their civic rights.

The Boston Women’s Heri­tage Trail will delve into the lives and profiles of extraordinary women such as Alice Stone and Julia Ward Howe. All leading up to when the states ratified and passed the 19th Amendment, allowing women to vote, 100 years ago.

The Boston Women’s He­ri­tage Trail, founded in 1989, dedicates itself to bringing women back “to their rightful place in the history of Boston,” accor­ding to their website, through guided tours, un­covering stories, and education both in and out of the classroom.

The BWHT was established by an extraordinary group of Boston Public Schools faculty and students, who wanted to bring women’s history back in the overall narrative through ways as interactive and fun as the famous Freedom Trail, located in Boston. They give 13 different walking tours in areas such as Roxbury, Dor­chester, Beacon Hill, Chinatown, and more, each with their own unique historical moments in wo­men’s suffrage and wo­men’s history as a whole.

They also hold regional events in classrooms and libraries, emphasizing the importance of education when it comes to history. Currently, they are working on expanding their tours to places such as Salem, New Brunswick, Maine, and Os­lo, Norway.

Join the Boston Women’s Suffrage Trail as they celebrate the accomplishments of women and 100 years of suffrage and civic duty this Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at the Tewks­bury Public Library.

This event does require prior registration.

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