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Some of our Programs can be Presented Virtually
The Justice Bell Foundation was founded in 2016 with a mission to reclaim women's history and promote voter participation. To fulfill our mission, we offer a variety of programs and events.
  • A 19-minute film Finding Justice: The Untold Story of Women's Fight for the Vote, which has aired on PBS stations and at the National Women's History Museum among other locations and venues.
  • A Justice Bell replica. We commissioned this public art project in partnership with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. The replica Justice Bell travels to institutions, museums, and organizations. Our mission is to educate the public about this lost icon of the women's suffrage movement and the women who fought for voting rights. Presentations are offered with all Justice Bell residencies.
  • School programs that introduce children to the story of the women's suffrage movement. These programs include the film, study guide and suggested art projects.
  • Presentations for adults. Below are suggested topics that can be tailored to meet the needs of your group.
Finding Justice: The Untold Story of Women's Fight for the Vote
A 19-minute documentary that tells the story of a band of intrepid women and their one-ton bronze bell that became a celebrated icon of the women's suffrage movement. The screening is followed by a panel discussion or Q&A with Amanda Owen, the filmmaker and Executive Director of the Justice Bell Foundation. See the trailer and learn more here: Finding Justice
The Justice Bell's Role in Women’s Fight for the Vote
Amanda Owen presents the inspiring story of how a bronze bell became a celebrated symbol of the women’s suffrage movement. The creation of suffragists in Pennsylvania who were agitating for the right to vote, the Justice Bell helped rally support around the cause in the last crucial years leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment.
The Road to Equality: Successes, Lessons Learned, and How We Can Move Forward Together
Do you know that women still do not have equal rights under the United States Constitution? Please join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary Equal Means Equal. Following the film, we lead a panel and/or group discussion.
The History of Voting Rights in the United States: Who, When, Where, and How
Is voting a right or privilege? Who got the vote and when? Who still does not have it, and what is being done to extend voting rights to all Americans? A speaker leads a discussion about the fraught history of the fight for the vote from the founding of America to current initiatives to extend voting rights to all Americans.
Rebels, Organizers, Nomads and Scribes: The Foot Soldiers of the Women's Suffrage Movement
Leaders of the women’s suffrage movement have recently received long-overdue attention. But the people behind the scenes are just as worthy of acknowledgment. After all, someone has to schedule events, protest in the streets, lobby legislators, send letters, raise money, write articles, etc. Who were these women who spent decades working to secure voting rights, and how can their successes and failures inform current initiatives for equality and social justice?
Pennsylvania Suffragists and Their Fight for Voting Rights
Do you have a suffragist in your family tree? Although many thousands of women and some men advocated for women's voting rights during the 19th and 20th century, few people today know any of their names. Yet, their descendants will number in the hundreds of thousands. In this presentation, Amanda Owen, Executive Director of the Justice Bell Foundation, shares information about a new oral history project dedicated to uncovering the stories of our family members who fought for voting rights. Owen features some of our brave Pennsylvania suffragists, including Elizabeth McShane and Katherine Heffelfinger, who were imprisoned and tortured for picketing for voting rights, and Daisy Lampkin and Etha Carroll Cowles Armstrong who faced racism and discrimination, yet gave their all for the cause.
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