Spirit of the Suffragettes is a summer concert series and community resource fair at Freedom Square in North Troy. Heads up — this will be on Tuesdays this Summer of ’19!
The century-old suffragette message needs to be heard and updated to be made more inclusive. Women, especially women of color, still struggle for equity in their everyday lives. We’ll bring history alive with music, positioning the suffragettes as radical role models to explore gender imbalance throughout society–from music festivals to single mother households in low-wealth communities.
Highlighting discrimination of women and gender non-conforming artists, particularly women of color, Spirit of the Suffragettes responds to the inequity facing women artists. All-male acts make up the overwhelming majority of festival lineups; femme artists face pervasive under-representation in museums and galleries.
The community resource fair is an opportunity to highlight the organizations and opportunities that can support women and families in North Central Troy and beyond. Our neighborhood is rich in loving people, important history and ecological significance, but more than two thirds of children here live below the poverty line. Women bear the heavy load of caring for their families against all odds. We can still learn from the suffragettes, elevating the concerns of women to a statewide and national level.
Thank you to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for making this project possible!
In anticipation of the Spirit of the Suffragettes Summer Festival, we have Hudson Mohawk Magazine corespondent Cassidy McCabe hosting interviews with local activists and organizations about current events, how the women’s suffrage movement affected them, and how women’s suffrage and social justice has translated into the present day.