On Thursday, Aug. 13, Museum of the Bible will host “Winning the Vote: The Women’s Bible and Suffrage,” a special program featuring a distinguished panel of speakers that will discuss topics relating to The Woman’s Bible and the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.
“As we look forward to Nov. 3, I think it’s important to look back at the history and privilege of voting, as well as the suffrage movement,” said Shannon Bennett, Museum of the Bible’s director of communications. “The Woman’s Bible affirmed the equality of women to men in the eyes of God, which was both an ancient and radical, new idea at the time of publishing. The panel for Winning the Vote is intellectually distinguished and diverse, and I look forward to the exploration of this essential book and the suffrage movement.”
In 1895, suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton and 24 other women authored and published the first edition of The Woman’s Bible, which offered commentary on Scripture passages relating to women from Genesis to Revelation, assertions that women were equal to men and encouragement for women’s self-development. The bestselling book was considered radical and incited outrage among many.