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CENTENNIAL of Women's Right to Vote

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

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!

League Resources and Events

From the National League (LWV)
100th Anniversary Toolkit: The LWV 100th Anniversary Committee developed this Tool Kit to help every League participate in our centennial campaign as we approach 2020.
This 100th Anniversary Tool Kit includes anniversary logos, social media graphics, messaging guidelines and more to help you get started with the celebration. 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!

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

On April 13th, Join the League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia for a docent tour of the new "Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence" exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery.

The National Portrait Gallery presents: "Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence" opens on March 29, 2019, and will be on view through January 5, 2020. 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" will also shed 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.

If interested in joining this tour, Sign up under Events on the LWVDC website. You're welcome to invite a friend!

If attending, meet at the information desk at 12:45pm inside the group entrance at G St NW and 8th St NW. The tour will begin promptly at 1:00pm

MORE Events of Interest

A national initiative celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives will launch 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 will 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.

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


THE 2020 WOMEN'S VOTE CENTENNIAL INITIATIVE (WCVI) (This is good 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