The Women’s Health Resource Library will host a book discussion series framed around the book The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency by Ellen Fitzpatrick (2016).

The series includes a book discussion, storytelling, an arts workshop and a community celebration of Downeast Women led by facilitator Bernadette Anand.

In 1868, Congress passed the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing equality for all before the law.  One central issue since that time has been the enfranchisement of women and their full participation and representation in politics—all the way to the highest office in the country.

While more than 200 women have actively sought, been nominated, or voted for president of the United States, three specific women—Victoria Woodhull, Margaret Chase Smith (Skowhegan, ME.) and Shirley Chisholm—are notable because they have left their mark on history.  We will read and talk about these three women, their personal characteristics, the obstacles they faced and the prospects they uncovered for all women in their quest for equality through full representation and participation in democratic life guaranteed by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

We will meet over four consecutive Tuesdays from September 13th to October 3rd. On our fourth meeting, artist Joanne Halpin will guide us as we take our stories and express them in collage form. On the fifth and final evening, Friday, October 7th we will host a community celebration and exhibition of our work. Meetings are from 6-7:30pm.

Dr. Bernadette Anand is a Fellow at the Public Science Project of the City University of New York and a former professor at Bank Street College of Education, NYC. She is a lifelong educator who encourages open dialogue and works for social justice.

Each participant will receive a free copy of Ellen Fitzpatrick’s (2016) The Highest Glass Ceiling:  Women’s Quest for the American Presidency.  MA; Harvard University Press.

Register for this free program by visiting or leaving a message at 207-546-7677.

This program is made possible through the support of the Maine Humanities Council.

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Discussion Series Poster