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WXXI Suffrage Moments - Celebrate 2020

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Acclaimed American soprano and Public Radio Host Kearstin Piper Brown takes listeners on a journey through women’s suffrage, with WXXI’s Suffrage Moments.

Focusing heavily on New York State’s role in the passage of 19th Amendment, each feature looks at an aspect of the Suffrage Movement, from the Seneca Falls Convention and the National Woman’s Party to the various anti-suffrage efforts and the arrest of Susan B. Anthony. Other topics in the series include the Susan B. Anthony House, changes in voting laws after the American Revolution, and the meaning of the word suffrage.

Kearstin Piper Brown is a graduate of both Spelman College and Northwestern University. She has performed with the San Francisco Opera, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Opera Ebony, Moscow City Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Opera, to name just a few. A former editorial assistant on NPR’s Performance Today, she hosts Classical Music on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM in Rochester, New York.

Anti-Suffrage Efforts

Opposition to Women's Suffrage

Susan B. Anthony Arrested

Seneca Falls Convention

The Turning Tide

The Meaning of Suffrage

Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony House

The National American Woman Suffrage Association

The National Women's Party

The Nineteenth Amendment

New York State's Role in Suffrage

Musical Women of the Suffrage Movement

Feb 28, 2020
Portrait of Dame Ethyl Smyth by John Singer Sargent (1901)

As we prepare to celebrate Women's History Month, our minds are on trailblazing women of the past and present. Last month we celebrated Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday and our own Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presented concerts on the music of suffrage and Susan B. Anthony herself. As I explored this music, I was drawn to suffrage songs and the women who created and inspired them. Many of these composers changed the game for women in music, but they are not often remembered today.

Your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is having a double suffrage celebration. The first of the two concerts features works by Fanny Mendelssohn, Julia Perry, and a world premiere of Gemma Peacocke's Susan B. Anthony-inspired "All on Fire." The second half of the concert is Mark Mobley's "True and Devoted," a collage of words and music featuring interviews with Rochesterian women.

Women’s rights emerged as an issue after the American Revolution.


The Nineteenth Amendment prohibits state and federal governments from denying the right to vote on the basis of sex.


In the early 20th century, two groups emerged in the women’s suffrage movement.


The Women’s Suffrage campaign in America predates the Civil War. The right to vote was given to all white men in the early 19th century.


Susan B Anthony House

Jan 24, 2020

The Susan B. Anthony House was built on Madison Street in Rochester in 1864.


Susan B Anthony

Jan 24, 2020

Suffragist Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts in 1920, the oldest of seven children.


In the Middle Ages the word “suffrage” meant intercessory prayers.


The organized fight for women’s rights began in New York State.


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