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For more information about Forward Into Light, contact Dr. Hope Elizabeth May, here.
An initiative of The Cora di Brazzà Foundation, "Forward into Light" highlights the linkages between two movements: the Women's Suffrage movement and the Peace Through Law Movement. We "enter the forest" of these linkages by focusing on specific visual objects such as The Portrait Monument to Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, which was sculpted in Italy by Adelaide Johnson (1859-1955); the Hunger Strike Medals issued by suffragettes in the U.K.; and Nurse Catherine Pine's Suffragette Medal, a "Medal for Duty".

The objects on which we focus are rich "information delivery devices" that unlock a treasure trove of stories that are replete with moral energy, and deeply relevant to the present. Numerous photos and videos connected to the Portrait Monument are displayed on the replica statues via a technology known as "projection mapping."

The object of this project is to deliver education that connects us to persons and their inspiring stories. These narratives not only provide concrete models of the virtues, but also help to satisfy the need to belong in a nourishing and healthy way.
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A reproduction of the Hunger Strike Medal awarded to Constance Lytton/Jane Warton. The medal is pictured here with "The Thinking Woman," created in 1922 by Edith Ogden Hope Heidel and reproduced by Candice Russell in 2021.

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Nurse Catherine Pine's Suffragette Medal, a treasure trove of stories connected to the British Suffragette Movement. Although both the U.S. suffragist and the U.K. suffragette movements eschewed physical violence, both movements considered themselves to be "militant" insofar as they employed tactics that coerced. Both Nurse Pine's Suffragette Medal and the Hunger Strike Medals help to demonstrate the voluntary suffering and sacrifice involved in the "woman movement."

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Adelaide Johnson's Portrait Monument in background as civil rights icon and practitioner of non-violence, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), lays in state at in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, July 27, 2020.

The phrase "Forward Into Light" became associated with suffragist and pacifist Inez Milholland. The slogan "Forward Out of Error, Leave Behind The Night, Forward Out of Darkness, Forward Into Light" was used on the banners and other materials of The National Woman's Party, which was instrumental in the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920. In 1923, the National Woman's Party also introduced the Equal Rights Amendment (also known as the "Lucretia Mott Amendment"). The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was never ratified and has since expired. The Hulu miniseries "Mrs. America" focuses on the fight for the ERA in the 1970s. See our Products Page for related products such the "Question Producer", a pin created in 1927 for the campaign for the ERA, and containing symbolism that was used by the Peace through Law Movement.

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Forward Into Light is an initiative of the Cora di Brazzà Foundation.
©2024 Hope Elizabeth May/The Cora di Brazzà Foundation