This weekend, Delaware Public Archives celebrates the start of Women’s History month with a presentation called “Silent Sentinels.”
Wesley College Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Cynthia Newton is presenting the program, which she says focuses on women in the First State and beyond, who were able to influence politics even before they had basic political rights:
“I really didn’t have to think too deeply about what to talk about since we’re approaching the 100th Anniversary of women getting the right to vote. And there were a lot of Delaware women who were prominent in that movement,” said Newton.
The “Silent Sentinels” protested for women’s suffrage outside the White House. Newton says it's important to tell their story, and others related to getting women the right to vote.
“Historically, our historical memory is kind of short, that we often think 'That’s great, it happened, there was this constitutional amendment passed.' But it was actually a very long, drawn out, violent, often very ugly, struggle," said Newton.
Saturday’s “Silent Sentinels” program at at the Delaware Public Archives in Dover starts at 10:30 am. It is free to the public and will last approximately one hour.