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Presenter to share history of women’s voting in Wisconsin, goals for future

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Ann Marie McClellan

Ann Marie McClellan

On Oct. 21, Ann Marie McClellan, co-president of the Greater Chippewa Valley chapter of the League of Women Voters, will present “Thanks, Grandma: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage” during the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Barron County's “Thursdays at the U” lecture. The presentation will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus.

Women earned the right to vote nationwide in 1920 after a valiant and sometimes violent struggle. While many of us may be familiar with national leaders like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, McClellan will discuss more specifically suffragists of Wisconsin who were leaders during this long journey. She will include details about key moments of and contributors to the suffrage movement and will review recommended voter information sources the LWV uses to encourage voter participation in a nonpartisan manner. 

McClellan has been involved with the LWV of the Greater Chippewa Valley since the chapter’s reestablishment in 2017 and has served as co-president since 2019. She is especially concerned about gerrymandering and currently serves as commissioner for the 3rd Congressional District on Gov. Evers’ People’s Maps Commission.

Please note: At all UW-Eau Claire campuses, everyone, including presenters, are required to wear a mask indoors.

The “Thursdays at the U” weekly series is free and open to the public thanks to support from the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation. 

For more information about the series, contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at tollefla@uwec.edu.