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CANCELED – Women’s History Month Lecture: “Molasses Catches More Flies Than Vinegar: Woman Suffrage in Western North Carolina”

March 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Sharon Baggett Withrow
Sharon Baggett Withrow

UPDATED MARCH 12 – This event is CANCELED.

Public historian Sharon Baggett Withrow will present a lecture, Molasses Catches More Flies Than Vinegar: Woman Suffrage in Western North Carolinaat noon on Thursday, March 19, in the Highsmith Student Union Mountain Suites. This event, part of UNC Asheville’s observance of Women’s History Month, is free and open to everyone.

About the lecture

North Carolina’s woman suffrage movement was born in the mountains. This talk will explore how suffragists and their supporters in Western N.C. used existing preconceptions and power structures to win the right to vote.

About the presenter

A native North Carolinian, Sharon Baggett Withrow has a BA in history from UNC Asheville and an MA in public history from NC State University. She has worked as the education coordinator at the Raleigh City Museum and as director of education at the Smith-McDowell House Museum and Western North Carolina Historical Association. She was the assistant director of International Programs at Warren Wilson College and the department assistant for UNC Asheville’s Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Education before moving to her current role in UNC Asheville’s Chemistry Department. Withrow is an active member of the League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County.

For more information, please contact Caitlin Manely in UNC Asheville’s Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, cmanely@unca.edu or 828.251.6634.

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March 19
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program


Highsmith Student Union Mountain Suites