WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: ‘FRONTIERS OF FREEDOM’ BY TIFFANY FINK
In observance and celebration of Women’s History Month, Dr. Tiffany Fink, a history professor at Hardin-Simmons Univesrity, will give a public talk Saturday, March 7 on the struggle for women’s right to vote.
Her talk will be 2-4 p.m. at the South Branch of the Abilene Public Library in the Mall of Abilene. Title of her presentation is “Frontiers of Freedom: A History Professor’s Journey to Seneca Falls and Beyond.” Admission is free.
In the summer of 2018, Fink embarked on an academic sabbatical leave thanks to a grant from the Cullen Fund at Hardin-Simmons University. Her goal was to explore areas from the Mississippi River eastward to Washington, D. C., which served as important spaces for the development of the abolitionist and women’s suffrage movements and then bring those experiences into the classroom for her students.
Photo at left is of a Woman Suffrage Marching Banner from 1917 with Susan B. Anthony quote, “Failure is impossible.” (Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument in Washington, D. C. ). Photo at right shows the statue, “The Franchise,” depicting Louisa Ann Swain, who by casting her ballot on September 6, 1870, marked her place in history by being the first woman to legally cast a ballot in a general election. (Wyoming Women’s History House in Laramie, Wyoming)
The guiding theme of Fink’s career’s work continues to revolve around human attachment to place. Her presentation will commemorate National Women’s History Month as the country acknowledges the centennial of the 19th Amendment while also remembering that not all women received suffrage in 1920. Come and listen to Fink’s journey while possibly dreaming of one of your own.