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“Meet” Suffragist Alva Vanderbilt-Belmont and Society Wife Caroline Astor at GCU

Drama to Focus on Debate over Women’s Right to Vote, Circa 1917

Lakewood, N.J., Apr. 2, 2009—Alva Vanderbilt-Belmont could have been content to live the carefree life of a wealthy socialite, but it was not in her character. She was committed to the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which called for women’s suffrage. She worked tirelessly for the winning of the vote for American women, and internationally for women’s rights, citizenship, and social and economic advancement. Caroline Astor, known as “The Mrs. Astor,” was equally committed to being the perfect wife and queen of society. St. George Productions, a Medford, New York-based historic production company, puts these two strong-willed women of history together for "Suffrage and Courage: A Woman's Quest for Equality," a thought-provoking drama debating women’s right to vote, circa 1917.

Though Alva Vanderbilt-Belmont died in 1933, participants can “meet” the woman who had such a remarkable impact on our culture and women’s rights in this historical reenactment on Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre on the Lakewood campus. The event is presented as part of GCU’s ongoing Conversations across Time series, which celebrates our heritage with professional actors portraying those from the past whose impact is still felt today.

The cost is $5 per person in advance, $10 at the door, and free to members of the GCU community with ID. Reservations are required for all. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the Georgian Court University Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or specialevents@georgian.edu.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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