On the morning of June 14, 1916, delegates to the Democratic National Convention in St. Louis found themselves the object of a protest.
Outside the Jefferson Hotel, where many of the all-male delegates were staying, thousands of women lined both sides of Locust Street, standing shoulder to shoulder and wearing yellow sashes on which was printed "Votes for Women."
Any man who would conduct the party's business was obliged to take an uncomfortable walk through this "Golden Lane" of women.
The struggle for women's suffrage in Missouri is explored by author Margot McMillen in
The Golden Lane: How Missouri Women Gained the Vote and Changed History on Thursday, August 23, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Her presentation complements Women's Equality Week, commemorating August 26, 1920, when the United States gave women the right to vote.
The 1916 protest by Missouri's women was instrumental in bringing about that event, since it pressured Democratic men to move women's suffrage to the party's national platform.
McMillen is an adjunct instructor of English at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and farms in rural Callaway County. A promoter of local food systems, she hosts the radio show Farm and Fiddle on KOPN Radio in Columbia.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.
Co-sponsored by the Missouri Women's Leadership Coalition, the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus, and the League of Women Voters of Kansas City, Jackson County, and Platte County.