The Vote: A WTTW Community Screening
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WTTW believes in the power of film to engage communities in dialogue around the most important social and cultural issues of our time. Our Community Screenings brings audiences together to experience the best of PBS documentaries, to spotlight societal and culturally relevant topics that can promote healthy discussions long after the film airs.
WTTW is proud to invite you to a virtual community screening and conversation of The Vote: American Experience. One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, this multi-part documentary tells the dramatic story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote—a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.
After the screening, Sylvia Ewing, Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing, and Outreach at Elevate Energy, will moderate a live conversation featuring Sarah Malone, President of the AldonMalone Group; Lori Osborne, director of the Evanston Women’s History Project and Frances Willard House Museum in Evanston; Alice Palmer, former Illinois State Senator; and Rebecca Sive, political analyst and women’s leadership strategist and historian. The panel will discuss Illinois’ role in the Women’s Suffrage Movement, and how race impacted Women’s Suffrage and voting today.
The Vote is streaming now at wttw.com/watch and will air on WTTW beginning Tuesday September 8 at 8:00 pm.
- Sylvia Ewing
Sylvia Ewing (Moderator), is a Director at the nonprofit organization Elevate Energy. Sylvia has worked on both sides of the microphone, helping nonprofits communicate effectively, implement strategic plans, manage change, and produce events and as an award-winning journalist. She was formerly an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago, teaching courses on Leadership and Management in the Business and Entrepreneurship Department. Sylvia has developed accessible affordable housing and worked for positive change in reproductive rights, and in public education. As a consultant she has produced videos, successful public and private events at venues around the city, and raised significant revenue for her clients and employers. Sylvia can be seen on WTTW and around the country as an on-air television host for PBS fundraising specials. Sylvia is an inductee in The History Makers African American archives for media and the author of Comfort and Joy: Stories of Hope Meditations for Happiness. Sylvia, along with her daughter Eve Ewing are the 2020 Illinois Humanities Public Humanities Award Recipients.
- Sarah Malone, PhD.
Sarah is an Organization Development, Change Leadership Consultant and Coach. She has over 25 years’ experience helping organizations optimize leadership capacity and performance to accomplish the organization’s strategic vision. In all of her work she integrates Appreciative Inquiry / Strength-based change, distributive leadership and learning principles and methods that enable organizations and people excel to be their best and do their best. Her clients include non-profit and for-profit organizations in the US & Canada. Prior to founding AMG, Sarah held positions as VP, Human Resources, Dir. Of HR and Ops Support in the healthcare, business services and manufacturing sectors. In these roles she was responsible for HR management, labor and employee relations, organization and leadership development, training, internal communications and customer relations. Sarah has served on the Board of the YWCA-E/NS for 11 years. As Immediate Past Chair, she serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Equity Committee. Prior to becoming a board member, she was a consultant to and worked with the Board on women’s empowerment and eliminating racism initiatives. Sarah taught the OD Change and Innovation, and Change Leadership courses at Benedictine University’s Ed.D. Change in Higher Education program. She holds a M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior, and a PhD in Organizational Development and Change from Benedictine University. In this next phase of her career, Sarah’s focus is on domestic violence and inspiring women who have experience DV to discover their worth, claim their agency and exercise their power to change their own lives, create better lives for their families, and strengthen their communities. Sarah is currently completing a memoir about abuse and domestic violence she experienced and learning to thrive into becoming her best self.
- Lori Osborne
Lori Osborne is director of the Evanston Women’s History Project, a community-wide project to document the significant contributions Evanston women have made to the community. She also serves as the director of the Frances Willard House Museum in Evanston, Illinois. Osborne currently serves on the board of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) which works to increase the level of women’s history interpretation at all historic sites. She is the Illinois Coordinator for the Votes for Women Trail, which is a NCWHS project in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th (Suffrage) Amendment. She also serves on the Women’s Suffrage Anniversary Committee of the League of Women Voters of Illinois.
- Alice Palmer
Alice J. Palmer was born on June 20, 1939, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The daughter of Erskine and Mary Ward Roberts, Palmer graduated from high school at age sixteen and enrolled at Indiana University. After an extended leave of absence, Palmer returned to Indiana University to earn her Bachelors degree with the help of four jobs and a scholarship. After graduating in 1965, Palmer found a teaching position in Indianapolis, Indiana, but soon moved to Chicago to work at Crane Junior College, later called Malcolm X College. She received her Masters degree from Roosevelt University and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, where she co-authored two books and tutored in the Black House. Palmer remained at Northwestern University to serve as Associate Dean and Director of African American Student Affairs for the next five years. Palmer served as the National Voter Education Director for a national citizen action organization before becoming the founding director of the Metro YMCA Youth and Government Program in 1986. She also served as Executive Director of Chicago Cities in Schools. On June 6, 1991, Palmer replaced Richard Newhouse in the Illinois Senate, where she served until 1996. While in office, Palmer served on the Appropriations II Committee, among many others. Palmer was replaced by Barack Obama in the state senate. In 1996, Palmer was hired by the University of Illinois at Chicago as an Associate Professor in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. Alice along with her husband Edward “Buzz” Palmer and David Robinson are the editors of The World is Watching, in which notable world figures talk about their personal experiences with African Americans and the impacts these experiences have had on them.
- Rebecca Sive
Rebecca Sive is a seasoned political analyst, women’s leadership strategist and historian. She is the author of VOTE HER IN: Your Guide to Electing Our First Woman President and EVERY DAY IS ELECTION DAY: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House. Her podcast, #VoteHerIn – a joint production with Two Broads Talking Politics – addresses the challenge women face in achieving any kind of executive political power and was named one of the 15 best political podcasts by Marie Claire magazine. The popular pod features prominent women leaders working in diverse political contexts sharing personal stories and offering frank and inspirational guidance. Rebecca’s career has spanned executive positions in government, philanthropy, academia, business, and the not-for-profit sector. She founded the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy women’s public leadership initiative, whose faculty included former White House advisor, Valerie Jarrett; Julia Stasch, immediate past president of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and Sian Beilock, President of Barnard College. She is the creator of Women Lawyers Lead (WLL) © – counseling women lawyers on the strategies to become influential leaders in the profession and in the public square. Sive was a founding commissioner of the Illinois Human Rights Commission, which adjudicates matters of discrimination; served as advisor to Chicago’s first African-American mayor, Harold Washington; founded one of the nation’s first women’s centers; and was among the national leaders who developed women’s issues agendas for presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. She is listed in the biographical dictionary, Feminists Who Changed America; has received distinguished achievement awards from the Illinois General Assembly; her alma maters, Carleton College and the University of Illinois, among others. Her articles and op-eds have appeared in The Huffington Post, Crain’s Chicago Business, The Hill, and MSNBC. Rebecca has spoken at colleges and universities, corporations, national nonprofits and associations. She speaks about strategies for women to gain power and influence in the public square; why electing women to office, particularly executive office, really matters to the future of every American woman and girl, and how we can get this done; and how women across generations, experiences, and backgrounds can – together – advance equality for everywoman.
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