Stop in at Lone Star College-CyFair to learn more about women’s rights with the library’s Powerful Women in Texas and Beyond: The Struggle for Women’s Rights month of programs and exhibitions Sept. 8-Oct. 6.
On display in the library will be the Humanities Texas “Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas” exhibition, which focuses on the 27-year campaign for woman suffrage in Texas.
“This is a timely exhibition as August 26 marked the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which secured the right to vote for women,” said Mick Stafford, Director of Library and Information Services, Harris County Public Library, Lone Star College-CyFair Branch. “We are pleased to provide community members and college staff and students alike an opportunity to explore this important period in American history.”
The exhibition features panel topics covering the national beginnings of the movement, early Texas leaders, anti-suffrage sentiments, efforts to amend the Texas Constitution, primary suffrage, and, finally, the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Also near the library’s first floor reference desk will be interactive exhibitions for all ages.
“We’re excited to have several college staff and community guest speakers address many aspects of the exhibition’s content with a variety of activities,” said Stafford.
There are several exhibition-related programs available for all ages, most notably the 7 p.m. Sept. 23 “Texas Women: Documenting History” presentation with Dr. Stephanie Cole (UT-Arlington) and a book signing of “Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives” in the Center for the Arts lobby following the talk in the Main Stage Theatre.
Several discussions are available including:
- Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. in LRNC 131 - Early 20th Century Women Activists in the Houston/Galveston Area - Discussion with LSC-CyFair Professor Tom Kelly
- Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. in LRNC 131 – Recruiting Members and Lobbying for Support: Texas Woman Suffrage in the Nation and the World with Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky (TAMU-Commerce)
- Sept.30 at 12:30 p.m. in LRNC 131 - Up to the Challenge: Women in the Halls of Power - Panel Discussion with Professors Heidi Jo Green, Blake Ellis and James Seymour as well as former Texas legislator Patricia Gray.
Other activities in the library are a film and several book club programs including:
- Sept.14 at 6 p.m. in the Teen Room – Screen-Play Film (ages 10-18 - no limit)
- Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Kids’ Corner – Tween Book Club discusses Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
- Sept. 17 at 1p.m. in LRNC 215 – Books without Borders - Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi facilitated by Rachel Renick
- Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. in the Teen Room – Homeschool Book Club – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
- Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. in the Teen Room - Classic Book Club – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
For information on these programs, go to LoneStar.edu/library/womensrights.