2020 - Celebrating Women's Suffrage and the League of Women Voters

LWV Board, 1920

The ladies in the photo above might be astonished at what the League looks like now -- but hopefully they would be pleased!

Celebrate the work that they did, and all their successors, as we begin to plan for the 100th anniversary of passing the Nineteenth Amendment on August 18, 2019, and the 100th birthday of the League of Women Voters on February 14, 2020.

LWVUS is hard at work planning a variety of activities and opportunities in connection to the 19th Amendment anniversary as well as the League’s 100th anniversary next year. 

In April, the board committed to developing a League-wide day of action for February 14, 2020, with the theme of ‘Women Power the Vote’. Goals and activities will be developed in the coming months for state and local Leagues to participate in this high visibility opportunity. This day of action will complement any existing plans Leagues may have, staying true to our brand, and offering all Leagues the opportunity for engagement and celebration in honor of our centennial.

LWVUS is also developing a digital campaign to increase brand awareness and engage new audiences tied to our upcoming 100th Anniversary. The campaign will feature personal League stories and connect different external audiences across generations and backgrounds. This campaign will launch in August 2019, in connection with the 19th Amendment anniversary and run through the 2020 election cycle.  

Our convention in June 2020 (in Washington DC) will be another opportunity for celebration and visibility.  

Additionally, there are a variety of opportunities and partnerships related to the 19th Amendment Anniversary in 2020. The National Archives has an exhibit opening next month called Rightfully Hers that features THE 19th Amendment document. The League is also featured in this very high-profile exhibit with historical documents that will be on display to the public until January 2021. We are also proud to have Virginia Kase included on their honorary committee and are in conversation with the Archives about other opportunities for collaboration. There will be a traveling exhibit and LWVUS is working with the Archives to make some materials available to Leagues in the coming months.

The Women's Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) is a collaborative of organizations and individuals committed to preserving and honoring women's suffrage history. The League of Women Voters is a WVCI Taskforce partner, meaning that your League is too. This organization has a lot of resources for suffrage celebration,including an interactive toolkit. WVCI is looking to feature events and activities in all 50 states.