Sunday, July 6, 2008

Susan B. Anthony

"Failure is Impossible"
"Men their rights, and nothing more, women,
their rights, and nothing less"
Susan Bromwell Anthony

I just joined the Humor & Drama Toastmasters Club - meets the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM - 12:00Noon at MIT on Mass Ave in Cambridge, Mass. Over the past few years I have tried to visit the club as often as I can - spring & fall soccer sometimes prevent me from attending. I miss seeing the 2007 World Champion of Public Speaking, Vikas Jhingran at these meetings - it is where I watched him develop as a speaker and he often gave me great feedback evaluations - I think he really appreciated my theatrical skills.

For this Saturday July 5, 2008 meeting the newly elected District 31 Lt. Governor of Marketing, Bil Lewis, DTM (who is also the son of the first female District 31 Governor, Bettye Underhill, DTM) and is the incoming Humor & Drama Club President wanted to do an "Historical Speeches" meeting to celebrate the 4th of July. Take a sneak peek at his Patrick Henry Clip

Other speeches were of Everett Edwards, John Hancock, a poem of the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, Fredrick Douglass and I chose to deliver Susan Bromwell Anthony's "Woman's Right to Vote" I borrowed an historical costume from the Saugus High School's Theatre Department. We videoed the speeches and I do hope to post it on this blog. Oh yeah I also sang the National Anthem! Peek at Susan B. Anthony's Speech - Woman;s Right

This was a fun way for us to start the new Toastmasters year at the H & D Club with a Theme as well as celebrate Independance Day with some of the most important and influential speeches from people had a desire to "SPEAK UP AND CHANGE THE WORLD" (this is our incoming District Governor's theme!).

I am sure glad that we had pioneers who were brave enough to speak out on what they believed in!! Is there an historical speech that YOU would like to give? Why not create a special event and invite others to your club? It is a great way to build up membership, moral and show case your talent. AND Don;t forget to advertise!!


FACTS and Links

Here is a list of Historical Quotes by Susan Ohanian

19th Ammendment

Woman's Suffrage

The term women's suffrage refers to the economic and political reform movement aimed at extending suffrage — the right to vote — to women. The movement's origins are usually traced to the United States in the 1820s. New Zealand is often credited with being the first country to give women the vote, but it was not technically a country when it granted women suffrage in 1893, but a mostly self-governing colony.[1] Places with similar status which granted women the vote before New Zealand include Wyoming (1869) and South Australia. Other possible contenders for first country to grant female suffrage include the Corsican Republic, the Isle of Man, the Pitcairn Islands, Franceville and Tavolara, but some of these had brief existences as countries and others were not clearly independent.
Today women's suffrage is considered a right (under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women), although a few countries, mainly in the Middle East, continue to deny voting rights to women.

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