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Event to host discussion about Missouri women's suffrage history

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | 9:31 a.m. CST; updated 7:15 p.m. CST, Tuesday, March 6, 2012

COLUMBIA — The road for women to be granted the American right to vote was a bumpy one. In 1916, Missouri women, decked in gold, did their part in the suffrage movement, and their efforts will be the focus of a talk this week. 

Margot McMillen, author of  "The Golden Lane: How Missouri Women Gained the Vote and Changed History," will discuss the crucial role Missouri women played in raising the women's suffrage movement to the national platform. The event will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the State Historical Society of Missouri's Columbia Research Center.

If you go

WHAT: Margot McMillen, author of "The Golden Lane: How Missouri Women Gained the Vote and Changed History," will discuss the pivotal role Missouri women played in raising the issue of women's suffrage to the national platform.

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: State Historical Society of Missouri's Columbia Research Center, 1020 Lowry St.

ADMISSION: Free

MORE INFORMATION: State Historical Society of Missouri



Laura Wilson, editor at the State Historical Society of Missouri, said McMillen's book highlights the Democratic National Convention of 1916,which took place in St. Louis. During the convention, women lined the streets in gold sashes that read "Votes for Women," Wilson said.

"It was a quiet, peaceful protest, but a big deal of the time," Wilson said. "It gained a lot of attention of the men at the time. It was a real move forward for women."

Wilson said the event is part of the State Historical Society of Missouri's evening lecture program and commemorates Women's History Month, which takes place throughout the month of March. 

"This event makes sense for Women's History Month," Wilson said. "It is a Missouri connection for the national story of women's right to vote."


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