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EMBCA’s Hellenic Revolution & American Women’s Suffrage Movement Panel, May 23

NEW YORK – The East Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) presents The Hellenic Revolution and its Effects on the American Women’s Suffrage Movement Panel Discussion Webinar on Sunday, May 23, 2 PM EDT/ 11 AM PDT, 9 PM Athens.

During the Woman’s Suffrage Centennial (1920-2021) and Hellenic Revolution Bicentennial (1821-2021) EMBCA reflects, honors and celebrates women’s heroic achievements in freedom and democracy and the contributions of American Philhellenic women to the Hellenic Revolution and their courageous activism in the Women’s Suffrage/Women’s Rights Movement.

The event’s Guest of Honor is Congresswoman Carolyn B, Maloney, American Philhellene whose celebrated leadership, earned her the nickname “America’s Bouboulina” after the heroine of the Hellenic Revolution, for her fierce championing of Hellenic and American values. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Hellenic Congressional Caucus; Chair, Oversight and Government Reform Committee; Lead House Sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and author of the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, which was recently signed into law in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Lou Katsos EMBCA's President/ Founder and Chairman of AHEPA's Hellenic Cultural Commission will Introduce the panel discussion which will be moderated by EMBCA’s Executive Vice President, Marina A. Belessis Casoria, with the distinguished panel, (in formation) that will include Villanova University Professor Angelo Repousis, author of Greek-American Relations from Monroe to Truman, and Northern Virginia Community College Professor Maureen Santelli, author of The Greek Fire: American-Ottoman Relations and Democratic Fervor in the Age of Revolutions.

American Philhellenic women include a veritable Who’s Who of the Women’s Suffrage/Women’s Rights Movement: Julia Ward Howe, Emma Willard, Lucy Stone, Almira Phelps, Eliza Snow, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Joseph Gage, Ida Husted Harper, Amelia Jenks Bloomer, Sarah Arms Miller, Harriet Hosmer, Lydia Maria Child, Frances Mulligan Hill, among others. The significant linkages of Philhellenic women to the Women’s Suffrage/Women’s Rights movement are not only missing pieces of American and Hellenic histories, but missing Women’s History.

As Katsos noted via email that, “the Philhellenic movement helped awaken American women from ‘The Cult of True Womanhood’ which kept them in segregated private spaces. It helped engage American women in international humanitarian relief and reform, with extended missionary benevolent interests in anti-slavery, abolition, and social welfare reform. Enthusiastic public support for the Hellenic Revolution (1821-1829) nurtured support for humanitarian intervention, enlarging American interest in international affairs, and expanding women's participation in the public sphere.”

The event will stream live on EMBCA’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/nqU7IHq3b4A

More information is available online: https://embca.com/.

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