Free screening: “The Long Road: Notable Women Remembered” at Images Cinema, Thu, Sept. 23, 4:30pm, reception to follow
This hour-long video documentary profiles some of our local forefighters in the empowerment of women. There are some faces you’ll recognize — like Susan B. Anthony, former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift or Helen Renzi, who was the first female superintendent of schools in Berkshire County. Others have been more seldom seen in the annals of local history. Phoebe Jordan was the first woman to cast a vote in a presidential election after the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920. Emma and Florence Bascom and Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre were active suffragists and Margaret Hart was one of the first African American graduates of North Adams Normal School (now MCLA) as well as being an activist in the local civil rights movement. This project was produced by Bette Craig, Debby Dane and Jack Criddle, presented by the Northern Berkshire Suffrage Centennial Coalition in collaboration with Willinet and supported by a grant from the Fund for Williamstown of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.