Portrait of Mabel Ping-Hua Lee (1896–1966); New-York Endowment Tribune, April 13, 1912; Chronicling America, National for the Humanities and the Library of Congress; Courtesy The Preservation Society of Newport County
The Preservation Society of Newport County Fall Lecture Series
"Our Sisters in China are Free": Chinese Women’s Contributions to US Suffrage
Thursday, October 12, 2023
6:00pm – 7:00pm EDT
Live at Marble House and via Zoom Video Conference
In conjunction with The Celestial City: Newport and China exhibit at Rosecliff, the Fall Lecture Series explores different aspects of the Chinese-American experience and the many ways life in Newport and America was influenced and enriched by people of Chinese heritage.
This first lecture highlights Chinese women’s contributions to the US Suffrage Movement. Many know the names of Carrie Chapman Catt, co-founder of the League of Women Voters, and Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, who held two suffrage conferences at her Marble House. Both were crucial to the suffrage movement that culminated with American women winning the right to vote in 1920. But what were these two women’s interest in the Chinese Revolution of 1911 and how did it affect women suffragists in the US? Learn more about the women’s suffrage movement, as well as Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, a 16-year-old woman who played an important role in cross-cultural exchange and the crusade for women’s rights early in her life.
Speakers will be:
Dr. Cathleen D. Cahill – Walter L. Ferree and Helen P. Ferree Professor in Middle-American History at Pennsylvania State University
Reverend Bayer Lee – Pastor of the First Chinese Baptist Church in Chinatown, NY, the same church that Mabel Lee established in memory of her father at 21 Pell Street, and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University Teachers College
To learn more and register, click here.