This year marks the 100-year anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the United States with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. To recognize this significant achievement, the Westborough Public Library and the Westborough Historical Society co-sponsored a lecture by Barbara F. Berenson on “Women’s Rights after the 19th Amendment” on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Berenson discussed how women fared politically and legally once they finally won access to the ballot. She began with the controversies surrounding the Equal Rights Amendment when it was first proposed in the 1920’s and reviewed key successes and setbacks for women’s rights through the present.
Berenson is the author of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers. The book recounts the important role that women from Massachusetts played in the women’s suffrage movement, which includes organizing the first National Woman’s Rights Convention in Worcester.