“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex ...”

    — the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

 

Kansas became one of the first states to ratify the 19th Amendment on June 16, 1919, supporting an 80-year movement to give women the right to vote.

Celebrate this anniversary with a presentation by Jenn Hudson, instructor at Kansas State University and Kansas artist for the Her Flag project, at 6:30 p.m. June 16 via Zoom.

Hudson’s talk, “From Suffrage to Selfies: Expectations and Realities for American Women,” will talk about her involvement with the Her Flag project, a nationwide art and travel project created by artist Marilyn Artus to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the 72 years-long fight for women’s national voting rights.

Register through WPL’s online events calendar to get the Zoom link by visiting wpl.org, click on “View Full Events Calendar,” find the event on June 16, and register.

Women’s suffrage has been a complimentary topic to content in Hudson’s work, as she has participated in several projects celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment. As the Kansas representative for the nationwide collaborative project Her Flag, Hudson created a stripe for the flag celebrating Kansas’ contributions to the women’s suffrage movement.

In addition to discussing the project, Hudson will talk about how women are surrounded by messages detailing how to meet cultural expectations set by society. The messages often revolve around appearance and submission. The consequences of societal values which value women as objects of display can range from minor social misery to violence. As women challenge the status quo of their time, the feminist topics at play evolve. By incorporating a focus of these topics into painting, Hudson hopes to continue a conversation that can contribute to the change already put into motion by the activists coming before her and the contemporaries around her.

Hudson is an MFA candidate in painting and an instructor at Kansas State University. Through layered watercolor and oil paint, Hudson’s works explore her experiences with gender, appearances and women’s roles in society. Her current research focuses on the intersection of selfies, appearance and self-esteem; exploring ideas of cost, consumption and identity through a reinterpretation of these digital self-portraits in paint.

Her flag is a nationwide project involving a female artist from each of the 36 states that ratified the 19th Amendment into law. Each artist created a piece of art that Artus is turning into a stripe to be included in an 18-by-26 foot flag celebrating this fight and anniversary. Artus is currently traveling — in order of ratification — to each state and, in a public performance, stitching each stripe onto Her Flag. Follow her journey on herflag.com.

Visit Winfield Public Library online at wpl.org to find out about additional programs and to sign up for this summer’s challenges, games and crafts for kids, families and adults.

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