Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem to Host Virtual Discussion on Voter Suppression with National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

“Exactly 100 years ago we saw women earn their right to vote after decades of struggle. It would take another 40 years for Black voting rights in America to be formally protected. Yet, here we are, decades later, seeing established voting rights at risk.

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Feminist icon Gloria Steinem will be hosting a lecture titled "Unpacking Voter Suppression: A Virtual Discussion with Gloria Steinem” in October with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. 

The digital lecture takes place 7 p.m. Oct. 22 via Zoom. 

Steinem, a sociopolitical activist, best-selling author and lecturer rose to prominence in the 1960s for her pursuit and advocacy of women's liberation and gender equality, launching the liberal feminist Ms. magazine in the 1970s.

“Gloria Steinem is one of our generation’s leading voices on equality,” says Woodrow Keown, Jr., president and COO of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “Arguably the world’s foremost feminist, we also call her a freedom fighter, advocating for an equal voice and representation in our nation. As she well knows, her voice is needed in 2020 more than ever.”

According to the Freedom Center, "Steinem’s discussion of voter suppression is especially timely in 2020, an election year that has already been plagued by claims of voter suppression efforts across the nation. The purge of voter rolls in multiple states has disenfranchised many voters and the questionable closure of polling locations in certain neighborhoods presents substantial barriers to ballot access."

Other voting concerns range from those threatening the United States Postal Service and the impact on mail-in voting, as well as concerns about women's rights and the open Supreme Court seat left by another iconic feminist — the notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg — when she died Sept. 18.

“An important part of equality is an equal voice — an equal vote — in our elections,” says Keown. “Exactly 100 years ago we saw women earn their right to vote after decades of struggle. It would take another 40 years for Black voting rights in America to be formally protected. Yet, here we are, decades later, seeing established voting rights at risk in this nation while other groups continue their own struggle for suffrage.”

Register to attend the discussion, moderated by FOX19's Malcom Johnson, at freedomcenter.org/voice/event/gloria-steinem.

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