Information about Cornelia's Suffrage Centennial Presentations

In celebration of the Suffrage Centennial in the United States from June 2019 (one hundred years after Congress passed the 19th Amendment) to August 2020 (one hundred years after it was ratified)—and as a way to support the modern women’s movement—guest speaker, writer, cultural folklorist and fashion historian Cornelia Powell has created a variety of presentations to show how fashion shaped a revolution as it reshaped women’s lives.

With entertaining stories and hundreds of historical images, Cornelia explains in her presentations how, in the seven-decades-long campaign for the vote, women considered costume as “political armor.” Suffrage leaders encouraged followers “to use their style to further the cause—to be the most elegant ladies in the public sphere.”

Sharing ways in which women “dressed to protest” (with topics from “losing the corset and gaining the vote” to “pantaloons and other costumes of the resistance” to “the little white dress as suffrage’s secret weapon” to “hats and feathers in the voting booth”), Cornelia sets the tone of a time and place in history—and what women wore while changing it!

King Louis XIV of France said that “fashion is the mirror of history” and in Cornelia’s storyteller imagination, she reveals how the most entertaining “history lessons” can be told through this “Who-Wore-What-When-and-Why” mirror. ~
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