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Passing the Women’s Rights Torch
October 14 @ 2:00 pmFree
An online presentation by women’s rights activist and descendant Marguerite Kearns is scheduled for Thursday, October 14, from 2 to 3:30 pm. The event includes the premiere showing of ÒPassing the Torch,Ó a short video Kearns produced with videographer Barton Friedman, which will be posted later on the HSW’s YouTube channel. To register for this event, contact HSW at [email protected] and write ÒactivismÓ in the subject line. You will receive a Zoom link by email prior to the event.Marguerite will discuss Òintergenerational activismÓ; how activism in one branch of her family influenced four other generations. She has spent a lifetime researching and writing her book from SUNY Press,”Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights,” (2021). The memoir begins when she was ten years old asking grandfather Wilmer about the suffrage campaigns of his past. She describes her years at Woodstock Times, and ends with her carrying a banner in a 2019 women’s rights parade making the point that US women have been marching for over 100 years.
ÒMarching has been very influential. Now it’s time to shift directions,Ó said Marguerite. ÒMy grandmother didn’t want to marry, but over the years she discovered a way to have a family and participate in activism too. Many activists today can trace their roots to previous generations who set aside daily concerns to participate in the largest non-violent social revolution in US history.Ó