Episode 91: Suffragists and Suffragettes: Fashion and the Vote

Our nineteenth and early twentieth century female ancestors couldn’t vote but that doesn’t mean they didn’t want to.  In the mid-nineteenth century a group of female activists tied together dress reform, political activism and abolition using dress to broadcast their beliefs and their daughters and granddaughters followed in their footsteps. After listening to my guest’s description of what women wore when and why, you’ll be reaching for the family photograph albums to see if you can spot these clues. Great great grandmother might have been involved in getting women the vote.  Her fashion choices and color selections might tell you about her beliefs. 

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About My Guest:

Emily C. M. Boisvert has been a visitor guide at the U.S. Capitol for almost 12 years. During that time, she has been instrumental in the creation and establishment of a variety of educational programs and specialty tours for the Capitol Visitor Center.  Throughout her 20-year career, she has worked at museums and historic sites in New England and Washington, DC and was a lecturer in museum studies at Regis College in Weston, MA.  She has a M.A. in American History from the University of New Hampshire and an A.L.M. in Museum Studies from Harvard University. The Votes for Women Tour podcast is now available for listening.

About Maureen Taylor:

Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London and Canada.  She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira).  She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Smithsonian.com. Learn more at Maureentaylor.com

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