Diane Eickhoff

The Winfield Public Library will host “The Long Road to Women’s Suffrage in Kansas,” a presentation and discussion by Diane Eickhoff at 2 p.m. Feb 8.

Members of the community are invited to attend the free program.

Kansas was historically a leader in women’s rights, yet the campaign for voting rights in Kansas required more than half a century of determined effort, as women suffered setbacks in three different statewide initiatives. This presentation will explore the courageous individuals who challenged the powerful interests opposed to electoral reform and explore other “firsts” that women achieved on the road to suffrage.

Eickhoff is an independent historian, writer and editor of education materials. Her most recent historical biography, “Clarina Nichols: Frontier Crusader for Women’s Rights,” is published by Quindaro Press.

The program is made possible by Humanities Kansas and is held in conjunction with the eight-panel traveling exhibit “Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment: Women Vote” from the League of Women Voters. The exhibit is available for viewing at WPL from Jan 26 through Feb 14, with an exhibit opening reception open to the public from 2 to 3 p.m. on Jan 29, Kansas Day.

“The Long Road to Women’s Suffrage in Kansas” is part of Humanities Kansas’s Movement of Ideas Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and workshops designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.

For information on this or any of WPL’s other programs, visit wpl.org or call (620) 221-4470. The Winfield Public Library is at 605 College St.

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