During the German Empire, dentists Margarete Herz (1872-1947) and Helene Wolff (1871-1917) were founding members of the local democratic Women's Suffrage Association in Bonn in 1909. Researcher Ingeborg Boxhammer, M.A., of Bonn, Germany will present a lecture on these women who early on promoted economic and personal independence for women as well as the democratic right to vote and healthy lifestyles. Margarete Herz had opened a vegetarian restaurant in eastern Germany, but needed to flee the country in 1938 because she was Jewish and lost all her belongings to the Nazi Regime. Margarete eventually came to Chicago.
With the help of American relatives, including Judy Chrisman, a retired D/97 elementary school librarian and long-time Oak Park resident, Ingeborg's lecture includes information and photos of these early suffragettes in Germany.