Looking Back, Moving Forward - Women Power the Vote! We Celebrate Suffrage and the League!

Looking Back, Moving Forward - Women Power the Vote! We Celebrate Suffrage and the League!

Decorated cake with message "Women Power the Vote!"

Celebrate with us as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of passing the Nineteenth Amendment, and the 100th birthday of the League of Women Voters on February 14, 2020.

Our special year has begun, with a 19th Amendment party on August 24, 2019. In addition to the the lovely cake (photo above), we had an informative talk on the diverse group of women who fought for the vote, sometimes well after the passage of the 19th Amendment. Some of presenter Shawn Gilbert's group of courageous women are featured on our "Suffragists You Need to Meet" page. The list will grow as we add photos and biographies of many lesser-know heroines!

In April, the LWVUS 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.

On this page, you'll find information and links for activities related to women's equality, women's suffrage, and the anniversaries of the 19th Amendment and the founding of the League of Women Voters.

Local theater group B8 Theatre Company is performing "Strange Ladies" a play about suffragists by Susan Sobeloff, for a limited number of performances in September and October. The production is sponsored by the Concord Historical Society and will be held at the Historical Society's location at 1928 Clayton Road, Concord (near BART). Preview is September 26. For additional dates and more information, visit http://www.b8theatre.org/next-up.html.

  • The National Archives has an exhibit 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 The League is also featured in this very high-profile exhibit with historical documents that will be on display to the public until January 2021.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 our 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.
  • https://2020owovfest.org/ The 2020 ONE WOMAN, ONE VOTE Festival is a collaboration with national organizations and cultural institutions to present films, concerts, exhibitions, and public events leading into the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment guaranteeing U.S women the right to vote. Named for the 1995 film "One Woman, One Vote", the festival is based in Washington DC but the blog posts and film recommendations can be used by all.
  • https://cawomenssuffrageproject.org/projects/honor-a-suffragist/ Find the stories of California suffragists, including many from the Bay Area, in the interactive map of burials and memorials to them on this site. (Update: Look for our newly-added Contra Costa suffragist. Abigail Norton Bush, in Martinez!)
  • https://www.herflag.com/  It took 35 states to ratify the 19th Amendment. Follow this art project as it creates a flag to commemorate each of those states. (Scroll down on the HerFlag website to see the road trips, including California in November!)
  • Book recommendation: Historical fiction based on the lives of two sisters involved in the abolitionist movement as well as the suffrage movement, "The Invention of Wings", by Sue Monk Kidd, has also been made into a Lifetime movie. Read a review here: https://www.npr.org/2014/01/11/260192246/finding-flight-in-the-invention-of-wings.