Press Release

Blue Hill woman to discuss woman suffrage history and her connection to it

BLUE HILL, Maine — Posie Cowan of Blue Hill will discuss her research on the fight for women’s right to vote in the United States, and her personal connection to it through her great-grandmother at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Blue Hill Public Library. Cowan will display four of Sophie Meredith’s suffrage banners, tell how she discovered them, and what she learned from her subsequent research.

Before finding the banners, Cowan did not know her great-grandmother dedicated her life to suffrage and women’s rights. She also did not know that Sophie Meredith was arrested four times for demonstrating in Washington D.C. in 1918.

Some suffragists, led by activist Alice Paul, were jailed for picketing the White House and demonstrating in nearby Lafayette Park. In jail, some went on hunger strikes and were force-fed by the doctors and prison personnel. These suffragists were the first social activists in the U.S. to hold picketing demonstrations in front of the White House.

Cowan invites the public to learn about the efforts of this militant wing of the suffragists from 1913 to 1920 to gain the support of the press, politicians and the American people.

For information, call the library at 207-374-5515.