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Speaker Details Image of Sarah Bell) Sarah Bell   Fighting for Equality: Women's Suffrage in Kansas In 1867, Kansas was the first state to attempt full voting rights for women. So why did it take 50 long years to make it a reality? Speaker Details Image of Sarah Bell) Sarah Bell   Madame Mayor: The First Women Mayors in Kansas Did you know that for a brief time in Kansas, women leaders dominated local elections? The passage of the 1887 municipal suffrage bill allowed women to vote and stand for local elections. Speaker Details Image of Dr. Michaeline Chance-Reay) Dr. Michaeline Chance-Reay   The Harvey Girls: Women's Roles in Railroads, Kansas, and US History The Harvey Girls played a role in the economy and cultural history of Kansas and the American Southwest. This talk includes stories of women employed by the Fred Harvey Company as well as its founder, and their role in Kansas and the western US. Speaker Details Image of Marla Day) Marla Day   Dress for Success: Nelly Don and American Fashion You can't mention 20th-century women's fashion without thinking of Nelly Don. Ellen "Nell" Quinlan Donnelly's story is one of innovation, triumph, and hard work-- all rooted in her small-town Kansas upbringing. Speaker Details Image of Laura Hartley) Laura Hartley   Women Who Made a Difference: The Story of M. Madeline Southard Stories of strong Kansas women are inspiring, and M. Madeline Southard's tale is no exception. This talk will unpack the impact her Kansas upbringing had on her unconventional career as a reverend and her work for equal rights in liturgical life. Speaker Details Image of Linda O'Nelio Knoll) Linda O'Nelio Knoll   Army of Amazons: Women's Fight for Labor Rights in Kansas Coalfields In December 1921, thousands of women in southeast Kansas, christened the "Amazon Army," rose up to fight injustice in the area coalfields. This talk will share their stories and their fight for democracy and labor rights in Kansas' coalfields. Speaker Details Image of Ayako Mizumura) Ayako Mizumura   Voices of Japanese "War Brides" in Postwar Kansas Japanese women fled the devastation of a war-torn Japan after World War II to find challenges in a strange, new world. After marrying US military men and moving to the US, these women often faced challenges and hardship while others found success. Speaker Details Image of Nicole Perry) Nicole Perry   Women's Work for Women: The Kansas State Industrial Farm for Women In the years between the two world wars, over 5,000 women were detained at the Kansas State Industrial Farm for Women in Lansing for having a venereal disease. This talk will explore the lives of all women involved.

 

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