The Betty Hill International Forum
Betty Hill remembered...from United Nations Day celebration in Weston in the 1980's.
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From the October 2001 VOTER...on the First Betty Hill International Forum:
The following was written by Betty Hill before the First Betty Hill International Forum (2000), in the event she was unable to attend...she did attend, and gave a speech
similar to this message:
"From the earliest days of the League programs, there was always a concern for international problems. We had study programs and speeches on issues like world trade,
China and the United Nations.
Through the years, programs for study began to change, and I became concerned that the League was losing its global outlook. I rejoice that Weston is coming up with an
answer by offering programs like this one today. After all, women have a powerful voice, not only in Weston and Connecticut affairs, but also on global issues.
Congratulations to our League for taking this step.
I thank you greatly for honoring me by naming these lectures for me. I am only one small voice. Thank you again..."
Betty Hill passed away on August 27, 2001 at age 102.
Why Betty Hill was so important to the Weston League of Women Voters...
Betty Hill and Brownies, along with Hon. George C. Guidera, First Selectman and Barbara Rowland, V-P Weston LWV at 1998 United Nations Day, in Weston Town Hall.
U.N. Flag then raised over the Weston Town Hall in honor of the United Nations.
BETTY HILL HONORED BY SECRETARY OF THE STATE IN HARTFORD AS AMONG FIRST OF WOMEN VOTERS IN CONNECTICUT!!!
Read the story below (from CT POST)...
HARTFORD - Applause echoed across 80 years in the historic House of Representatives on Thursday during a ceremony commemorating Connecticut's
confirmation of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote.
In honor of the anniversary, 101-year-old Mary Elizabeth Hill of Weston along with two other centenarians were presented with lavender sashes and bouquets of
flowers, celebrating their first votes in the 1920 election."My father took me to the polls; he was so proud of me," said Hill, a 1921 graduate of Smith College who remained active in local town meetings and the League of Women
Voters ever since.
"I remember being very anxious to take any opportunity that women could to serve the country."
The women, plus five others unable to attend, are apparently the only surviving 1920 voters in Connecticut. Town clerks and voter registrars from across the state located
Ruth Morrison, 101, of Bloomfield, remembers being booed and cajoled by men when she arrived at the polls to cast her 1920 ballot. And Marjorie Burnham Ayer Robbins,
103, of Franklin, said that her political involvement of 80 years ago is one reason why she remains active in her local Grange and the town historical society.
"We are here today to honor those women who had the courage to fight for the right to vote and took the ground-breaking step of casting a ballot 80 years ago," said
Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz. She presided over the ceremony, which was followed by a reception in the Capitol's historic Hall of the Flags.
"Because of their bravery, my daughters and your daughters can grow up in a country where the right to vote is just that - a right."
[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the CT POST website]