Visionary Philanthropy: Mary Elizabeth Garrett, Women’s Education, and the 19th Amendment

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In this conversation between author Kathleen Waters Sander and curator Natalie Elder, they will explore the role that Baltimore’s Gilded Age philanthropist Mary Elizabeth Garrett played in the fight to pass the 19th amendment. Garrett’s suffrage activism revived the fight in Baltimore in the early 1900s. Perhaps more importantly, her championing of women’s education decades before created a generation of women who were equipped to passionately fight for equality—which required women’s suffrage. As part of this talk, we will explore an excerpt from Sander’s book Mary Elizabeth Garrett: Society and Philanthropy in the Gilded Age, and a new online exhibit from the Chesney Medical Archives about Johns Hopkins women who fought for suffrage.  

This lecture is the first in the Hopkins at Home Women's Suffrage Series. See the upcoming sessions in this series here!

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Headshot of Natalie ElderNatalie Elder is a curator with the Johns Hopkins Medical Archives, overseeing their collection of art and medical artifacts. She has previously worked with Colorado's historical society and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Her expertise is in American material culture of the 19th and 20th centuries, and in managing the needs of large artifact collections.


Headshot of Kathleen Waters SanderKathleen Waters Sander teaches history at the University of Maryland Global Campus. In addition to the biography of Mary Elizabeth Garrett, she is author of The Business of Charity: The Woman's Exchange Movement, 1832–1900 and John W. Garrett and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.


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 Event Date
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Start Time: 7:00pm


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Baltimore, MD 21218

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