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"Boston Suffrage and Activism in 1919" with Pam Swing

When: Sunday, October 4, 2020, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • Boston

Members of the Six Point Group. Left to right: Monica Whately, Betty Archdale, Ruby Rich, Florence McFarland, Betty Gram Swing and Frances Slimon

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One hundred years ago, women won the right to vote. There were many key moments along the way. One was a little-known incident in Boston, when suffragists, including Pam Swing’s grandmother, Betty Gram Swing were jailed for picketing President Woodrow Wilson. Swing has written a play about this incident. She will discuss her research on the suffrage movement and show scenes from her play “I Want To Go To Jail”.

Pam Swing is a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center. She is currently researching the suffrage movement and her grandmother, Betty Gram Swing. Pam’s upcoming creative nonfiction book will chronicle her grandmother’s journey to become a suffragist. Pam is also a musician, a folklorist, and has researched extensively the Shetland Isles of Scotland’s tradition of fiddle music.


Music by Cosy Sheridan
Cosy Sheridan first appeared on the national folk scene in 1992 when she won the songwriting contests at The Kerrville Folk Festival and  The Telluride Bluegrass Festival.  The Boston Globe wrote: ”she is now being called one of the best new singer/songwriters”.

Due to Corvid-19 Community Church of Boston is closed. This is an online event.

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Community Church of Boston is located at
565 Boylston Street, 2nd fl., Boston, MA 02116

email:; tel: 617-266-6710

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