Ep. 35 The PGH Suffrage Centennial Committee celebrates our voting history

It’s been 100 years since women received the right to vote; in this episode, we learn about some notable Pittsburgh history

by Stephanie Brea
July 7, 2020

Eliza Smith Brown & Pittsburgh Suffrage Centennial Committee

One hundred years ago, the women of Pittsburgh (finally) received the right to vote, thanks to the 19th Amendment. The Pittsburgh Suffrage Centennial Committee is a nonpartisan initiative that highlights the history of the suffrage movement in Western Pennsylvania, while simultaneously working for present day voter registration and election participation.

In this episode, we chat with the committee’s chairwoman, Eliza Smith Brown, about some of the ways that Pittsburgh’s suffragists influenced the larger, national suffrage movement, and draw distinct parallels to current affairs. Learn about: the Justice Bell, which traveled the state, silent until women had the right to vote; the all-female issue of The Pittsburgh Sun newspaper which went to print on Feb. 29, 1912; and how the 1915 World Series played a pivotal role in the suffrage movement.

To follow along with the committee’s efforts:

And remember, if you have some pertinent suffrage history squirreled away in your attic, please reach out to the Pittsburgh Suffrage Centennial Committee.

Happy trails to you

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This episode was hosted by Aadam Soorma, recorded remotely, engineered and edited by Epicast Studios.

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Stephanie has been organizing events since 1998, starting with a series of motorcycle rides through the Arizona desert to support her father’s business. She’s probably crossed your name off a presale ticket list or served you a beer somewhere around town. An undergrad degree in poetry means she has lots of unpractical knowledge about iambic pentameter, while a brief stint as a copy editor for Alternative Press taught her that twenty one pilots is stylized in all lowercase letters. Wanna throw a party in a vacant parking lot? She’s interested. At the onset of COVID-19, Stephanie took on the role...