Getting to Yes, Woman Suffrage in the Berkshires and Beyond

On the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution granting women the right to vote, the Berkshire Athenaeum displayed the exhibit “Getting to Yes” as part of the 10 x 10 Upstreet Arts Festival in February 2020.  The aim was to look at how this corner of the country intersected with the larger suffrage effort.

Much like the woman suffrage movement, “Getting to Yes” is the result of a partnership that cut across different generations and different organizations, including the Berkshire County Historical Society and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the Berkshire Community College. Those photographs exhibited here that are not in the public domain came from the Local History Department of the Berkshire Athenaeum. We are grateful for the assistance of Miss Hall’s Horizons student, Ning (Wendy) Wang.

Early Signs

Laying the Foundation

Forging Alliances

Launching the Movement

A Divided Nation, a Divided Movement

In Focus: American Equal Rights Association

Persevering through Political Action

Facing the Opposition

Passing the Torch

In Focus: Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin

The Winning Plan

In Focus: Claiborne Catlin

New Roles and Goals

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