Goodier to be keynote speaker at symposium

JOHNSTOWN — Susan Goodier, author of No Votes for Women, a history of the anti-suffrage movement in the state, will be the keynote speaker at lunch time, 12:35 to 1:20 p.m., at the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Symposium that will be held Saturday, March 18, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the BOCES center on Route 67.

The theme will be “Winning the Vote, New York Women Break Boundaries 1917-2017.”

Attendees will participate in workshops in three tracks, including Women’s Public Progress; Body, Mind and Soul; and The Power & Spirit of Women. Continental breakfast and lunch will be included in the registration fee, which is $40 for adults and $15 for students. One hundred people, including 15 students, have already preregistered. Scholarships for the students were donated  by Soroptimist International of Fulton and Montgomery County. 

 A highlight of the daylong conference will include a display of artwork submitted by 24 students from junior and senior high schools in Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties as part of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association’s Art Competition. The art focuses on the state’s suffragists, votes for women, suffrage as a moment in history, female activists of the past and present, or just general inspirations to activism for women. 

A reception will be held  at the Symposium from  2:45 to 3:30 to honor the student artists, announce winners, and award the $100 first prizes, $50 second prizes  and  People’s Choice awards of $25 in each junior high and high school category.  

Miss Fonda Fair will attend the event as well.

Vendors will provide  shopping opportunities for handcrafted items including pink kitty hats, catering options, decorative paintings, books, essential oils, photography creations, organic foods and  jewelry. Healing Touch and spa practitioners will also be present at the symposium.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium member organizations, as well as the HFM Prevention Council and Johnstown Historical Society, will provide informational displays. In addition, there will be a raffle of items donated by ECSWC members. 

Email [email protected] or call (518) 762-7638 for more information and to preregister.  

By Patricia Older

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