Suffrage Political Strategies: Messaging and Media


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Albany Cultural Education Center State Museum Archives and LibraryFormer White House Director of Communications Ann Lewis is set to give a free talk titled “Messaging, Media, and Motherhood: Political Strategies of the NY Suffrage Campaign”, at the New York State Museum on Sunday, April 15th at 2 pm.

This program is being offered in conjunction with the State Museum’s Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial exhibition. Lewis will focus on the political strategies employed by suffragists to pass both the New York State suffrage referendums in 1917 and the 19th Amendment in 1920. Following the talk, State Museum curators will lead a guided tour of the Votes for Women exhibition.

Ann F. Lewis served as White House Director of Communications for President Bill Clinton from 1997-2000; as Senior Advisor to the campaigns of Hilary Rodham Clinton for Senate in 2000 and 2006, and for President in 2008; and as co-chair of Jewish Women for Hillary in 2016. Lewis also served as co-chair of President Clinton’s Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History, and was appointed to the Women’s Progress Commission, established by Congress to report on women’s historic sites. She is now President of the Board of the JAC Educational Foundation, addressing Jewish values and current American issues.

The State Museum is a program of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education. Located at 222 Madison Avenue in Albany. Further information about programs and events can be obtained by calling (518) 474-5877 or visiting the Museum website.

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