Community Invited to Discussion on Empowering Women

October 23 2017
Category: Events

On Wednesday, October 25, at 6:00 p.m. in Peterson Chapel inside Cowles Hall, the community is invited to participate in a discussion on empowering women for success.

Dr. Deborah Owens
Dr. Deborah Owens

Elmira College’s Dr. Deborah Owens, director of teacher education and professor of literacy education, as well as Dr. Thomas Fiala, professor emeritus from Arkansas State University will lead the discussion.

This is the third and final event focused on celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage in New York State in partnership with Community Arts of Elmira and the YWCA Elmira and the Twin Tiers.

To help mark this event and 100 years of women’s suffrage in New York, we asked our faculty to share some history and insights into women’s rights, women’s suffrage, as well as Elmira College’s connection to the overall movement.

Today features Elmira College Archivist and Curator, Nathaniel Ball.

“Women's suffrage fervor in New York State in 1917 was in many ways a reflection of a sixty-two year struggle for the institution that from its founding established an educational rigor that rivaled that of men, and in the words of the college's first president, Augustus Cowles, aspired "to improve the whole standard of female education and make a truly educated woman as worthy of respect as a well educated man." Earning the right to vote was one step in the direction of realizing that aspiration.   

I don't believe it a coincidence that the Seneca Falls women's convention of 1848 took place in such close proximity to the establishment of Elmira Female College in 1855.  I also don't find it surprising that the college's early student publications have an undercurrent of women's rights advocacy."