Falmouth Jewish Congregation is inviting the public to a free, virtual multi-author Jewish Book Council program on women’s suffrage titled “Why Can’t Mother Vote?” The event features authors Bill Haltom and Laura Kumin, along with Suffrage 100 executive director Freddie Kay. The program will take place on Wednesday, October 21, at 7 PM. Participants can register through the Vilna Shul website’s events page. The event is free and open to the public.

The program will present an in-depth look at the history of women voters and the suffrage movement. It promises to be a lively discussion, with leading historians bringing a variety of perspectives of the topic of women’s suffrage. “Why Can’t Mother Vote?” is available for purchase at Eight Cousins Books in Falmouth

Author Bill Haltom is an award-winning newspaper columnist with the Tennessee USA Today Network. He has been the editor-in-chief or chair of the editorial boards of four magazines, including the ABA Journal, the official publication of the American Bar Association. He is a bestselling author of eight books. “Why Can’t Mother Vote: Joseph Hanover and the Unfinished Business of Democracy” is an account of the people who led the fight in Tennessee’s pivotal vote to ratify the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.

Freddie Kay is founder and president of Suffrage100MA, a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition with nearly 200 Suffrage100MA Partners coming together to commemorate the centennial of women obtaining the vote. Ms. Kay is an attorney and advocate for women’s rights. She serves on the Votes for Women National Trail Committee of the National Collaborative of Women’s History Sites and in leadership positions with a number of other organizations.

Laura Kumin had a long career as a lawyer before she became an author, teacher and cooking coach. Her specialty is combining history/culture and cooking, with an eye toward illuminating the little-known corners of a historical period or movement. Ms. Kumin is the author of two books in that genre: “All Stirred Up: Suffrage Cookbooks, Food and the Battle for Women’s Right to Vote” and “The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World.”

Members of the public who wish to participate in any of the many Jewish Book Council virtual author talks scheduled throughout the year by Falmouth Jewish Congregation should visit the website for more information or contact Pamela Rothstein, director of lifelong learning, at pbrothstein@comcast.net to add their name to an events email list and receive invitations to these Zoom programs.

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