On-line Exhibition Begins Here
Citizens at Last:
Hannah Ambler, Grace Schenck and the Vote
The suffrage movement didn’t just happen in Hartford and Washington, D.C., it happened here in Wilton, too. Emerging out of a long history of women’s rights advocacy and social work in Connecticut and beyond, the women of the Wilton Equal Franchise League followed the lead of their parent organization, the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association, to introduce progressive activism to Wilton. When Hannah Raymond Ambler of Ambler Farm and other members of the Wilton league hosted Rose Teas on Danbury Road, held a suffrage fair in Wilton Center, or sponsored speeches in Town Hall, they were campaigning to make their beloved hometown a place that lived up to their ideals. Led by league founder Grace Knight Schenck, these women succeeded in making Wilton – as well as the state and the nation – a better place. As we celebrate Wilton women and the suffragists who inspired them, we must also recognize their failures. Even the most famous white suffragists used racist stereotypes and arguments to promote their cause. The first vote on November 2, 1920 was a real triumph, but not all women experienced it equally.
Citizens at Last: Hannah Ambler, Grace Schenck, and the Vote is a digital exhibition documenting the role of Wilton women in the fight to win the vote. Click the links below to learn about these fascinating women and the different aspects of the suffrage movement – their methods, their achievements, their opponents, and