Why Can't Mother Vote? - A Multi-Author Jewish Book Council Talk about Women's Suffrage

Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 P.M. on Zoom

This exciting event features authors Bill Haltom and Laura Kumin, along with Suffrage 100 Executive Director Fredie Kay and is presented as a partnership between Falmouth Jewish Congregation, Vilna Shul, the Worcester Jewish Community Center and Suffrage 100.

Click on the link below to view a recording of this lively and informative program on women’s suffrage with author’s Bill Haltom and Laura Kumin, along with Suffrage100MA founder and director Fredie Kay.

View at the Vilna's YouTube page here. We welcome you to re-watch it or share it with friends/family.

Women have played a pivotal role in US elections for the past 100 years, and the Vilna Shul served as the polling place for the West End for many years. Authors Bill Haltom and Laura Kumin join Suffrage100 Executive Director Fredie Kay for an in-depth look at the history of women voters and the suffrage movement. Register now for what promises to be a lively discussion with leading historians bringing a variety of perspectives of the topic of women's suffrage.

Interested in reading Bill Haltom's new book Why Can't Mother Vote? or perusing Laura Kumin's new book, All Stirred Up: Suf­frage Cook­books Food and the Bat­tle for Wom­en’s Right to Vote? Please support local independent bookstore by purchasing online through Eight Cousins. You can also purchase on Amazon.

Bill Haltom (Why Can't Mother Vote?: Joseph Hanover and the Unfinished Business of Democracy) is an award-winning newspaper columnist with the Tennessee USA Today Network. He has been the Editor-in-Chief or chair of the editorial boards of four magazines, including the ABA Journal, the official publication of the American Bar Association. He is a best-selling author of eight books, ranging in topics from seersucker to civility. He lives and writes In Memphis and Monteagle, Tennessee with his wife, Claudia, and their two beagles, Atticus and Scout.

Fredie Kay is Founder and President of Suffrage100MA, a non-profit, non-partisan coalition with nearly 200 Suffrage100MA Partners, coming together to commemorate the centennial of women obtaining the vote. Ms. Kay is an attorney and advocate for women’s rights. She was a member of the Equal Pay Coalition of Massachusetts, participating in its successful effort to legislate the Equal Pay Act, signed into law in July 2016. Fredie serves on the Votes for Women National Trail Committee of the National Collaborative of Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) and in leadership positions with a number of other organizations. including the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston.

Laura Kumin (All Stirred Up: Suffrage Cookbooks, Food, and the Battle for Women's Right to Vote) had a long career as a lawyer before she became an author, teacher and cooking coach. Her specialty is combining history/culture and cooking, with an eye toward illuminating the little-known corners of a historical period or movement. Laura is the author of two books in that genre: All Stirred Up: Suffrage Cookbooks, Food, and the Battle for Women’s Right to Vote and The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating & Entertaining in Hamilton’s World. At her blog, Mother Would Know, Laura encourages readers to become confident and creative home cooks. Her articles have appeared in USA Today, The Washington Post, and the Huffington Post. Laura has done podcasts and programs for a variety of audiences and groups, including the National Press Club and Tudor Place, a National Historic Landmark.