From Pedestal to Politics and Prison in the Battle for Woman Suffrage
2015 – Celebrating 95 years of the 19th Amendment to our National Constitution
At the first women’s rights conference held at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton stood on the public platform and stated that it was “the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise.” And so began a 72-year battle for women’s right to vote. It ended in August, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to our national constitution was ratified, guaranteeing that right.
The Long Road to Victory is a portrait of five brilliant, dedicated leaders in the woman suffrage movement: LUCRETIA MOTT, Quaker minister, gifted and inspiring orator, and one of America’s most respected social reformers; ELIZABETH CADY STANTON, brilliant leader of the 19th century woman’s rights movement, who spoke and wrote on every “radical” reform of the day; SUSAN B. ANTHONY, the most recognized and beloved leader in the fight for women’s equality; ALICE PAUL, militant suffragist of the early 20th century, celebrated for her parades, picketing, and imprisonment for the Cause; CARRIE CHAPMAN CATT, Anthony’s successor as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, masterful strategist, and founder of the League of Woman Voters
A passionate and inspiring story, The Long Road to Victory is presented as a series of vignettes, with the Woman Suffrage Leaders sharing their experiences and expressing their views. It is a fully-costumed production presented in historical chronological order, although the individual suffragists may move back in time as they tell their story. What these courageous, dedicated women have to say will remind us that the social, political, educational and professional freedom and advancement of women was a long and dedicated commitment by the leaders and their thousands of followers.