Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island celebrates today the 90th anniversary of the amendment giving women the right to vote. This morning, the Preservation Society of Newport collaborated with the Rhode Island Women's Fund, among others, to host an event at the Marble House. The house was once owned by famous suffragette Alva Vanderbilt Belmont. Marcia Con , executive director of the Women's Fund, says that a variety of notable women, including former state senator June Gibbs and Rhode Island poet laureate Lisa Starr, spoke at the event.
"Each gave a moving historical piece and then their own personal reflection on the meaning of this day to them and to their lives," she says. "It was a wonderful event, very well attended, beautiful on the terrace of Marble House."
Tonight, Con will appear at a second celebration at the Hotel Providence to launch the Rhode Island Governmental Appointments Project, which is designed to strengthen the representation of women in Rhode Island government.
"Over the years, we've continued to make strides but certainly we are far from equality and parity in many spheres. In many respects it seemed to be the best day to launch this initiative and honor the work of our foremothers," she says.
The event will also include a choral presentation featuring the Rhode Island Raging Grannies. It begins at 6 PM at the Hotel Providence and is free of charge.