On Wednesday, Texas A&M University-Texarkana treated students, faculty, and community members to a historical reenactment of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 1892 speech, “The Solitude of Self.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton served for twenty years as the president of the National Woman Suffrage Association and as the first president of NAWSA. In 1892, she resigned at age 77. Her resignation speech, “The Solitude of Self,” eloquently articulated the arguments for the equality of women that she had spent her adult life promoting.
The role of Stanton was played by Sharon Barnes, a local writer and history buff. As a mother of four daughters, Barnes has tried to raise them with the same independence and self-reliance that Stanton encouraged in her speech.
“When I read this speech for the first time, I was blown away by the principles in it. Those principles are what I tried to raise my daughters with. I was determined that they were going to be fully formed women with their own personalities,” said Barnes. “Girls today still need to know that there is more to them than being able to attract a boyfriend.”
This event was sponsored by the Program for Learning And Community Engagement (PLACE) at TAMU-T. PLACE is a faculty-led program designed to create a community of learners comprised of A&M-Texarkana students, faculty, staff and the community at large. PLACE chooses an annual theme around which to organize a lecture series and other activities that provide focal points for learning and discussion. This year’s theme is “Gender Issues.”
For more information on PLACE or future PLACE events, contact Dr. Angie Sikorski, PLACE chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit the PLACE website at www.tamut.edu/PLACE.