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Historical Society presents program on Susan B. Anthony

Photos submitted to Times Observer Christina Rausa, the professional actress who will portray Susan B. Anthony.

“Suffrage is the pivotal right by which all other rights are protected.”

It’s a simple, yet profound, truth spoken over a century ago, and Susan B. Anthony certainly earned her right to be quoted.

The Warren County Historical Society presents “Susan B. Anthony: Is It a Crime to Vote?” at the Struthers Library Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m.

In this one-woman show, award-winning, professional actress Christina Rausa will portray Susan B. Anthony in various stages of her battle for women’s equality, from Anthony’s illegal vote in the 1872 Presidential election to her arrest and trial. The program also includes Anthony’s relationships with another notable figure, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Interestingly, there are records of both notable women appearing in Warren County as they spread their message of equality.

Susan B. Anthony is arguably the most well-known figure in the early women’s rights movement, but she came from humble beginnings. Her desire for equality began at a young age when her teacher refused to teach her long division because of her

gender.

Photos submitted to Times Observer “Votes for Women” sash in the front parlor of the Warren County Historical Society.

Fast-forward 20 years and Anthony had become one of the most powerful forces in the movement. She devoted the majority of her life to the advancement of women and passed away at the age of 86. People of all ages can learn from Anthony’s tenacity and push for equality evidenced in her words, “Failure is impossible,” and, “There will never be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.” Fourteen years after her death, her main objective was finally reached with the passing of the 19th Amendment.

Rausa has earned awards such as The Ann Burnstein Award for service to the community through radio and drama as well as “The Artie” for her portrayal of Emily Dickinson in William Luce’s The Belle of Amherst and for ensemble work in Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser. She can be seen and heard regionally as well as nationally in radio and television commercials.

Because of a grant through the Zonta Club of Warren, this event is free and open to the public. Prior to the event, all guests are invited to join in a 19th Amendment centennial celebration rally beginning at 6 p.m. outside the Struthers Library Theatre, 302 West 3rd Ave., Warren. Guests are encouraged, though not required, to dress for the era.

For more information on this event, call (814)723-1795, visit www.warrenhistory.org or find the Warren County Historical Society on Facebook.

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