An exciting new committee of the League of Women Voters of Sussex County was formed this year to plan how to appropriately mark the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women throughout the country the right to vote. The 19th Amendment Celebration planning committee has been hard at work developing multiple ways to celebrate this special milestone. Many activities are in the works.
And look for this logo for all our 19th amendment celebrations in the coming year. Many thanks to Deb Quinton from It's a Snap Design, Lewes DE for her design.
The 19th Amendment was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. After years of struggle by women’s movement advocates to gain the vote for women, the United States Congress passed the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote in 1919. However, the amendment would not become part of the Constitution until it had been ratified by 36 states. Delaware missed its opportunity to become the 36th state to ratify the amendment. That honor went to Tennessee and on August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment, was formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution.
- To learn more about Delaware and the 19th Amendment, check out this article from Widener Law Delaware Library.
- To learn more about suffragists, read Her Story: The Women Behind the 19th Amendment by Greg Timmons.
Dogfish Head Brewery Special Release Beer
Dogfish Head Brewery has announced that they are developing a special beer to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. The LWVSC suggested the idea and the Dogfish Head Ambassador, Bryan Selders, made the announcement at the LWVDE 100th Birthday Celebration on 2/14. For a video of that announcement, click here.
The ale is being brewed by an all-female staff. It has yet to be named but the league will be involved in that process. Check back for a release date.
The following events were canceled due to the restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 epidemic:
"Iron Jawed Angels" Movie and Discussion
The LWVSC is pleased to participate with the Freeman Stage in presenting this historic film on Wednesday, March 18, at 6 p.m. at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown.
This historical drama film focuses on the American women's suffrage movement during the 1910s. It follows women's suffrage leaders Alice Paul and Lucy Burns as they use peaceful and effective nonviolent strategies, tactics, and dialogues to revolutionize the American feminist movement to grant women the right to vote.
"Iron Jawed Angels" Film and Discussion
The LWVSC is pleased to join with the Village Improvement Association in presenting the film, "Iron Jawed Angels", on Sunday, March 22nd at 1 pm at the Rehoboth Public Library.