PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014 As the country celebrates the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and as we near election time, join the Portsmouth Historical Society to hear how Portsmouth women fought for the vote, and the process they took in preparing for their first vote. Julia Ward Howe is well known, but there are many more!\n\nGloria Schmidt will share her research on some of the 40 women she has identified as part of the suffrage movement. Portsmouth women began to formally organize as the Newport County Woman Suffrage League in 1907.\n\nThe original group was gathered from friends and neighbors in the Bristol Ferry neighborhood. Cora Mitchel was the founder and first president and later Maud Howe Elliott (the daughter of Julia Ward Howe) took the lead. The organization spread throughout Newport County.\n\nThe lecture will focus on the Portsmouth women involved. Who were these women and how did they contribute to the Portsmouth community? After the vote was won, how did the town prepare them for their first vote?\n\nThe presentation will be on Wednesday, October 14th from 6:30PM to 7:30PM at the museum building (870 East Main Road at Union Street), second floor hall. This is a free event, however, donations to the Society are always appreciated. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be limited to 50 attendees. Please bring a mask. Please reserve your space by emailing\u00a0PHSLectureRSVP@portsmouthhistorical.org\n\nThe Portsmouth Historical Society is a volunteer nonprofit organization, formed in 1940, dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Portsmouth, Rhode Island\u2019s history.