Florida And Suffrage — What Would You Do For Your Right To Vote?


December, 2018




6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST


Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St.

Tampa, FL 33602

Officially, the suffrage movement in the United States began with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, and ended in 1920 with the greatest expansion of democracy on a single day. Yet few understand how it happened and Florida’s role in this struggle.

Presenter Tom Mortenson will share the stories of the people behind Florida’s unique role in the 72-year struggle for womens access to the voting booth.

Mortenson is a noted national speaker on a variety of topics including government reform, ethics, women’s suffrage, and the Grand Army of the Republic.  He has served in leadership positions in government including youth adviser to President Nixon, Racine City Council President and Becker County Administrator.  He has served in various roles in the military (Active, Guard, and Reserve) for 39 years and is currently a strategic planner. His interest in the suffragist movement was inspired by his grandmother who was a suffragist in Racine, Wisconsin.