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CENTENNIAL of Women's Right to Vote

Celebrations of 100th Anniversary of Passage of the 19th Amendment

LWV Centennial Logo Celebrations,Events and Resources for Centennial of Women's Vote. LWV and non-League.

Introduction to the Centennial Page

The 100th anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution in the United States is the centerpiece of the events and resources listed on this page. Many events are planned around the country during 2019 - 2020 celebrating the Centennial. We are concentrating on events in the LWV of the National Capital Area, being held by Leagues and other organizations which may be of interest to everyone.

As we all know, the League of Women Voters is a direct descendant of the woman suffrage movement in America. The LWV began on February 14, 1920, when Carrie Chapman Catt created the LWV to become the successor to NAWSA, so we are celebrating the League's Centennial also!

Scroll down this page to see the many resources and stories about the 100th Anniversary of Women Getting the Right to Vote in America!

Did You Know the Suffrage Movement Started With a Tea Party?

See story from below in Commentary.


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League Resources and Events

From the National League (LWVUS)

Resource Page for 100th Anniversary League Activities

LWVUS has created a landing page for the activities and opportunities LWVUS is hard at work planning in connection to the 19th Amendment anniversary as well as the League's 100th anniversary next year. LWVUS staff will update this page as new resources become available.

100th Anniversary Toolkit: The LWV 100th Anniversary Committee developed this 100th Anniversary Tool Kit which includes anniversary logos, social media graphics, messaging guidelines and more to help every League participate in our centennial campaign as we approach 2020. Not only is LWVUS providing a tool kit with its digital campaign, but we are also updating the existing 100th Anniversary toolkit in time for Council in June 2019. These upgrades are intended to supplement Leagues' existing plans and provide additional resources.

Additionally, Leagues may use any images on the LWVUS Flickr site for their celebrations and campaigns. The LWVUS Flickr site includes historical photos as well as contemporary photos, which Leagues may download and use without attribution or other requirements.

Download all of the logos and graphics HERE!. This is just the first piece in the collective campaign, so stay tuned for more tools and tricks to celebrate in the months ahead!

Small Centennial Graphic

LWV Centennial Logo
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#19thAt100 Social Media Day + June 4 Mark your calendars: Tuesday, June 4, is the 100th anniversary of the US Senate approving the 19th Amendment. The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is leading an effort to share stories and images on social media using the hashtag #19thAt100. We will be mindful to explore the full story of 19th Amendment, in all of its complexity--recognizing that it was an incomplete victory and for many women the fight for suffrage continued. Please join LWVUS and sign up your League to participate


LWV-VA Centennial Facebook Page includes latest posts pertinent to Centennial resources and events.

The League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia enjoyed a docent tour of the new "Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence" exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery on April 13th. See below for information on the exhibit.

June 26, 2019, 1:45 PM - Join the DC League for a docent tour of the newest exhibit celebrating the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment. "Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote" at the Library of Congress This tour is limited to 20 participants. Enter the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building via the carriage entrance on the ground level (located beneath the large exterior staircase). This is the entrance for reserved tours. Please arrive promptly at 1:45 to allow time for security clearance as the tour will start at 2:00.


September 12, at 7:15 p.m.- Panel discussion, Thursday,September 12, at 7:15 the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives on African American Women in the Suffrage Movement and the Battle for the Vote

See Calendar page for address and directions. RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE; Download or view FLYER. See EVENTS Page for more info about the panel discussion; CONTACT LWVNCA Co-President with questions.

LWVNCA Board visits National Archives exhibit on June 7, 2019

July 13, 2019, PROMOTE THE LEAGUE AT FAMILY SUFFRAGE DAY, 9AM - 5PM. LWVNCA VOTER REGISTRATION & EDUCATION all day at Library of Congress "Shall Not Be Denied" Exhibit. See Calendar page for more details.

LWV Arlington Sunday, September 29, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., ERA & Suffrage 100th Anniversary Exhibits Tour Join the ERA and Centennial Committees of the League of Women Voters of Arlington, and the Virginia Equal Rights Coalition, for exhibits and lunch. Feel free to bring friends. Come for all or any portion of the day. Click here for tickets and more information


Women Creating a More Perfect Democracy: 100 Years of the League of Women Voters> Exhibit at Freeman Store and Museum, 131 Church St., NE, in Vienna, Virginia 22180. Runs from Noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, through December of 2019.

LWV Chief of Staff and LWVFA member Kelly Stratman poses with Votes for Women picture:

Read an article about the exhibit


WAYS TO COMMEMORATE THE WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL IN WASHINGTON, DC. Museums throughout DC honor the 100th anniversary of the landmark passage of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote.This WEBSITE lists most of the Suffrage exhibits around town (some repetition with other events listed on this page).

VIEW 25-Minute VIDEO From Annenberg Classroom on The 19th AMENDMENT:A Woman's Right to Vote

Take out 25 worthwhile minutes to view the just-released video, The 19th Amendment: A Woman's Right to Vote from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center. It will make you appreciate the fight for women to vote.

The National Archives celebrates the centennial of women's suffrage with a new exhibit, Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be at the National Archives Museum in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery in Washington, D.C, through January 3, 2021.. Link

  • Panel discussion, Thursday, September 12, at 7:15 p.m. in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives on African American Women in the Suffrage Movement and the Battle for the Vote** See Calendar page for address and directions. CONTACT LWVNCA Co-President by SEPTEMBER 4 if you plan to attend, so seats can be reserved for you. Also See EVENTS Page for more info about panel discussion.


A national initiative celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives has launched a nationwide initiative and major exhibition that explores the generations-long fight for universal woman suffrage. Despite decades of marches, petitions, and public debate to enshrine a woman's right to vote in the Constitution, the 19th Amendment + while an enormous milestone + did not grant voting rights for all. The challenges of its passage reverberate to the ongoing fight for gender equity today.
What is now considered a key component of citizenship - the right to vote - is often taken for granted, and is not afforded to all through the Constitution. Through this initiative, the National Archives will not only highlight the hard-won victories that stemmed from the Women's Suffrage movement, but also remind modern-day citizens of their responsibilities associated with the right to vote.

As the steward of our nation's memory, we tell the story of the 19th Amendment through a special exhibition in Washington, DC, free public programming, a national traveling exhibition, classroom displays (distributed to nearly 1,600 schools and libraries),educational offerings (for teachers and students, both off and on-line) and digitization of women's records.

Running from May 10, 2019 through January 3, 2021, the cornerstone of "Rightfully Hers" will be a major exhibit at the National Archives Museum. The exhibit will reflect the diversity of American women's experiences and their impact on our history. Drawing on National Archives' records, it will demonstrate the dynamic involvement of American women across the spectrums of race, ethnicity, and class. For more information, click here


NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY presents: "Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence" March 29, 2019, through January 5, 2020.

From the March 29 Washington Post article entitled, How a new exhibit corrects our skewed understanding of women's suffrage

  • The National Portrait Gallery will celebrate the centennial of U.S. women winning the right to vote with the exhibit "Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence." This exhibit makes history not for its commemoration of suffrage, but for the recognition it finally gives to African American women such as Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Julia A. Foote, Ida B. Wells Barnett, Mary Church Terrell and Alice Dunbar-Nelson. It is about time.

The exhibit outlines the more than 80-year movement for women to obtain the right to vote as part of the larger struggle for equality that continued through the 1965 Civil Rights Act and arguably lingers today. The presentation is divided chronologically and thematically to address "Radical Women: 1832-1869," "Women Activists: 1870-1892," "The New Woman: 1893-1912," "Compelling Tactics: 1913-1916," "Militancy in the American Suffragist Movement: 1917-1919" and "The Nineteenth Amendment and Its Legacy."

These thematic explorations are complemented by a chronological narrative of visual biographies of some of the movement's most influential leaders. "Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence" also sheds light on the racial struggles of the suffrage movement and how African American women, often excluded by white women from the main suffrage organizations, organized for citizenship rights (including the right to vote). Portraits of African American contributors to the movement include Sarah Remond, who filed one of the earliest lawsuits protesting race segregation; Ida B. Wells, who advocated for federal laws against lynching; and Mary Church Terrell, who established the National Association of Colored Women. The exhibition is part of the Smithsonian's American Women's History Initiative. Featured also is: "How the Daughters and Granddaughters of Former Slaves Secured Voting Rights for All"<+


LIBRARY OF CONGRESS EXHIBIT- Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Opens on June 4th. From the Library of Congress Exhibition press release: "Drawing from the personal collections of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Mary Church Terrell, Carrie Chapman Catt, Harriet Stanton Blatch and others, along with the records of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and National Woman's Party + all donated to the national library years ago + the exhibition will explore women's long struggle for equality. "Shall Not Be Denied" will trace the movement from before the first women's rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, through the divergent political strategies and internal divisions the suffragists overcame, the parades and pickets they orchestrated for voting rights, and the legacy of the 19th Amendment that was finally ratified in 1920."

Women Fight for the Vote Community Day at the Library of Congress, Saturday, July 13, 2019, 10:00 AM 2:00 PM. See Calendar page for more details.

Source: Shall Not Be Denied


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THE 2020 WOMEN'S VOTE CENTENNIAL INITIATIVE (WCVI) is a League-supported Clearinghouse of events nationwide. WCVI HOME PAGE

WVCI PURPOSE The purpose of the 2020 Women's Vote Centennial Initiative is to ensure that the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment is celebrated and commemorated throughout the United States in ways that: 1) include the influence and stories of the various components of the suffrage movement in ways that reflect the accuracy of the historical record; 2) recognize the legal and social advances resulting from the 19th Amendment; 3) acknowledge the inadequacies of the Amendment's implementation; 4) describe its continuing relevance to the ongoing struggle for equal rights; 5) encourage involvement in large and small activities at all levels by diverse public, nonprofit, and private organizations and individuals.

The Women's Vote Centennial Initiative is a collaborative of organizations and individuals committed to preserving and honoring women's suffrage history. Please visit our partners at their sites, linked on the page, to learn more about their unique role in telling women's stories and their ongoing work for women's equality today. LWV.ORG is a partner; to see the full list of organizations and individuals, click here

To learn more about WCVI,its many resources, and events around the nation click here

COMMENTARY about the Suffrage Movement

Suffragists Picket the White House, 1917, Library of Congress

From LEAGUE UPDATE, June 6, 2019:

Racism's Role in Delaying Women's Suffrage This week (June 3-4) marks 100 years since Congress approved the 19th Amendment. (It wouldn't be ratified by the states until 1920.) This June 3rd Washington Post op-ed entitled, What took so long for women to win the right to vote? Racism is one reason, explains how racism was one reason for the hold-up.

Women's Suffrage Stories Requested

The Atlantic is looking for stories about women who lived through the fight for women's suffrage. Do you have stories from your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, or someone else close to you? Tell them at


From THE ATLANTIC: The `Undesirable Militants' Behind the Nineteenth Amendment, By Adrienne LaFrance, June 4, 2019

A century after women won the right to vote, The Atlantic reflects on the grueling fight for suffrage--and what came after. Read here


June 3, 2019 Washington Post Op-Ed:

Women of color were cut out of the suffragist story. Historians say it's time for a reckoning. The women's suffrage amendment celebrates its centennial this week. Historians say we only know half the story



On the surface, it was just another tea party--a well-behaved group of women passing cups of brewed beverages around the genteel table of Jane Hunt, a well-to-do New York woman who had invited four others to dine with her.

But this tea party was not for shrinking violets. Hunt's guests were about to air their grievances about the world's injustices toward women--and to give birth to the convention on women's rights that resulted in the formation of the American women's movement.

The fateful meal took place on July 9, 1848, when Jane Hunt invited Elizabeth Cady Stanton to her house for tea. Hunt was a Quaker, and she invited three other Quakers.

Read the full story by Erin Blakrmore on


The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association (TPSM), is a nonprofit group working to fund a suffrage memorial in Occoquan Regional Park, Lorton, VA, dedicated to the suffragists who were incarcerated at the Occoquan Workhouse in 1917. Click the link to learn about the latest events.