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      The Golden Lane: How Missouri Women Gained the Vote and Changed History in Kansas City


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      March 15, 2020

       

      14 West 10th Street
      Kansas City, Missouri 64195

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      The Golden Lane: How Missouri Women Gained the Vote and Changed History

      At the recommendation of healthcare professionals, the Kansas City Public Library has suspended all public events and other group gatherings through at least March 31 amid growing concern over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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      Much of the scholarship on the struggle for women’s rights has focused on the east coast. But author Margot McMillen notes that the fight really began in Missouri. Moreover, she argues, it was won here.

      At the 1916 Democratic Convention in St. Louis, thousands of women stood shoulder to shoulder to form a silent “Golden Lane” for arriving male delegates—a powerful act that was instrumental in convincing Democrats to include a suffrage plank in the platform to elect Woodrow Wilson.

      As the nation commemorates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, McMillan draws from her book The Golden Lane in examining this pivotal event and Missouri’s role in advancing and ultimately achieving women’s suffrage.

      Co-presented by the Kansas City Athenaeum with a book signing to follow.  

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