Trailblazers: The Vote, Then and Now

September 17, 2020
8:00pm Eastern Time
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It's been 100 years since American women fought for and won the right to vote. Yet today, many Americans are apathetic about exercising this fundamental civic duty. Join WQED for a virtual event focused not only on the suffrage movement, but on its implications today. Registering for the event will automatically enter you into a raffle to win a gift bag from our friends at COFFEE TREE ROASTERS!

Video Description


60 minutes


  • Sharon Steele


  • Minette Seate, Panel Moderator

    Minette Seate is Senior Producer at WQED Pittsburgh. In 2019 Minette was awarded a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for the documentary “Friends and Neighbors,” a look at the continuing legacy of Fred Rogers. She also received the 2020 Pennsylvania association of Broadcasters Excellence Award for the same program. She is the proud recipient of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s Robert L Vann Award for the Public Affairs program “The State of Black Pittsburgh.” Other productions include 2018’s Emmy nominated documentary “Authentic Lives,” focusing on Pittsburgh’s transgender community and the struggle for equity and inclusion. Her multi-camera live studio broadcasts include the “State of Black Pittsburgh” and the “THINK” community affairs series. She is also the host and producer of the weekly film series “Filmmakers Corner” airing Saturday nights on WQED. Throughout her career she has written and produced a range of television programs from the acclaimed weekly talk show “Black Horizons” – the longest running minority affairs program in the U.S. -- to Emmy Award winning documentaries, many of which have focused on Pittsburgh’s African American community. She has written and produced for commercial print, radio and the web, as well as appearing as on-screen talent in a number of productions. Minette is a proud product and supporter of Pittsburgh’s arts and media community, a member of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation and a member of the board of Film Pittsburgh.

  • Eileen Olmstead

    Eileen Olmsted is a longtime member of the League of Women Voters and has held many positions in the League, including having been president or co-president four times as well as multiple turns in charge of voter service, membership and other League board positions. For many years, her passion has been the idea of “good government”, born of the experience of having lived overseas in South America and the Middle East for many years and seen what inefficiency, incompetence and corruption can do to a society. A transplant to Pittsburgh from California in 2007, she soon became active in the Pennsylvania League, locally and at the state and national levels as well.

  • Lalah C.Williams

    Lalah C. Williams is a junior (Class of 2022) at Chatham University majoring in Policy Studies and minoring in French. Originally from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, she enjoys camping, traveling and exploring Pittsburgh. Outside of class, she serves as the Vice President for Student Diversity & Inclusion of Chatham Undergraduate Student Government. She is members of the R.I.S.E. mentorship program, Women’s Living Learning Community, Chatham Democrats and the campus’ Diversity and Inclusion Council. She is also a proud lifetime Girl Scout and Gold Award recipient. At the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics Lalah is Program Assistant. Her responsibilities include connecting with partners of the center, creating marketing materials, and advertising events & executing events.

  • Lauren Zito

    Lauren Zito , Vice-President - WIFM Pittsburgh – Lauren is a graduate with a BFA 1992 from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and holds an MFA in fine arts from the University of Pennsylvania and settled in Pittsburgh 20 years ago. Upon touching down in the steel city, she immediately went to work at the Carnegie Museum of Art, planning, coordinating, and assisting with the development of nationally recognized exhibitions, art installations, and art handling. For the past 20 years Lauren has taught Fine Arts, Graphic Design and Multi-Media at several local universities. She is currently a Multi-Media Video Production faculty member at Pittsburgh Technical College. Lauren is also the owner and founder of Francis Rocks Productions, LLC which specializes in commercial, event, and dramatic video production in western Pennsylvania.

  • Angela Reynolds, Ph.D.

    Angela Reynolds, Ph.D, a native of New Haven CT is committed to racial justice and gender equity. For 12 years, she was an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh where she taught statistics and performed research on housing policy, specifically affordable housing and fair housing. In 2012, she changed careers and joined the United Way of Southwestern PA where she most recently served as the Senior Director of United for Families and 2-1-1. Under her leadership, 2-1-1 expanded to cover 30 counties in PA and provided coverage for Southern Kentucky. She served on the state PA 2-1-1 board and 2-1-1 national steering committee. February 24, 2020, Dr. Reynolds transitioned to YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh where she serves as Chief Executive Officer. YWCA aims to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace and justice in our region. She is a mother of four (3 adult children and a ^th grader) and associate pastor. She resides in the Windgap neighborhood of Pittsburgh with her husband, youngest child, and her mother. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University; M.S. in Statistics also from CMU; and a B.A. in Mathematics (Sociology minor) from Bryn Mawr College.

  • Eleanor Schlick

    Eleanor Schlick is a junior at Quaker Valley High School and a politically active young woman with an interest in world affairs. She is involved in Mock Trial, Model United Nations, and Quaker Valley’s Cultural Alliance.

  • Sharon Steele

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