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The “Undefeatable” Grace Julian Clark
October 24, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm6:30 pm
Hear from Jackie Swihart of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs as she speaks on the impact of suffragist Grace Julian Clark. Clarke was a life-long advocate for social justice and women’s right and differentiated herself as a political actor rather than reformer. Jackie reveals the ways in which Clarke elevated her statewide status while acting as a campaign manager for Lenore Hanna Cox (Terre Haute) during the Indiana Federation of Clubs’ 1915 presidential election. The campaign, and Clarke’s role, provides a glimpse into the everyday politics of suffrage advocates at the local and state levels, including slandering efforts that predate our divisive modern-day politics. Further examination of how Clarke evolved throughout World War I demonstrates how she and other women advanced political agendas through patriotism. As women gained traction with enfranchisement post-WWI, Clarke focused her attention on international issues like the League of Nations. Using a three-dimensional evaluation of Clarke, Jackie illuminates how Clarke was far from a bystander to the male-dominated political atmosphere and actively engaged in her own political conflicts prior to and post suffrage.
|Seating will be limited for the program due to social distancing guidelines. To reserve your spot please call 765 847 1691. Spots are first-come, first-served. Masks are required.
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