Cook Inlet Historical Society Lecture: Alaska Women Voted in 1913, “But They Weren’t Unsexed & Didn’t Neglect Wifely Duties.”
7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21Auditorium
The first bill passed by Alaska’s first legislature granted women voting rights seven years before the national amendment to the Constitution in 1920. This presentation is a historical perspective regarding the cause for Women Suffrage with an emphasis on Alaska. After an overview of the women’s vote in the U.S. West, there will be coverage of the Alaska scene, especially the lobbying for votes for women, the legislative process and the key players in Alaska. Responding to questions about the impact of women voting, Gov. John F.A. Strong said: “The operation of the law has not besmirched the women of Alaska; it has not unsexed them nor caused them to take on ‘unwomanly attributes.’” In his view, voting had not “unfitted them to become wives and mothers, or to attend to their domestic duties generally.” Free and open to the public. Please use the museum’s 7th Ave. entrance.
Beverly Beeton holds a Ph.D. in social and intellectual history from the University of Utah. She served as a university administrator for 25 years, most recently as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Beeton has published a wide variety of books, articles and reviews. Her best-known work is Women Vote in the West: The Women Suffrage Movement, 1869-1896 (New York: Garland Publishing, 1986). She served on the Alaska Historical Commission, the Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Accreditation Association, the Anchorage Museum Association and the Building Committee that planned the major expansion of the Museum with art, history and science galleries including the one with objects from the Smithsonian.