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Power of the Ballot


Join the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati Human Relations Commission and YWCA Greater Cincinnati for a Women’s History Month celebration. A panel of female elected officials will discuss the role of women in shaping modern government and the barriers women face while pursuing public office.

The Power of the Ballot program will explore this year’s Women’s History Month theme, “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government,” through the legacy of educator and civil rights activist Septima Poinsette Clark (1898-1987) and her role in developing the Citizenship Schools. Thousands of disenfranchised African Americans attended Citizenship School classes during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, where they learned to read and write in order to pass the literacy tests required by southern states to register to vote.

Panelists include Cincinnati City Councilwoman Amy Murray, Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Kode Sammarco, Springfield Township Trustee Gwen McFarlin, and Vice President of League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area Elizabeth Brown.

Power of the Ballot is free and open to the public.


Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 7:00pm