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.
LWVDE 100th Birthday Celebration
The League of Women Voters of Delaware is hosting a celebration of the League's 100th birthday to be held at the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society Museum in Rehoboth Beach from 5 to 7pm on February 14th.
The featured speaker, Dr. Cynthia Newton, is the Chair of the Political Science Department at Wesley College. She will present "From Civil Disobedience to the Ballot Box," setting the stage for the League's centennial theme, "Women Power the Vote."
There will be a Q&A session followed by a "Prosecco and Pastries" reception.
The event is free but space is limited. Please register to attend by 2/11 using this Eventbrite link.
In commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment, the LWVSCDE is having a book discussion on Saturday, February 22nd, 1-3 PM at the Lewes Public Library. The selected book is "The Women's Hour, The Great Fight To Win The Vote" by Elaine Weiss, about the suffragists' hard fought battle for the passage of the 19th amendment. Check out the website to read reviews and praise for the book.
The book isavailable from the Lewes Library; ask for the LWVSCDE book club selection, "The Women's Hour". The book can be borrowed until the book discussion event.
The event is free and open to the public. Please reserve your space via this Eventbrite link.
The League of Women Voters of Sussex County and the Sussex County (DE) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., will present a compelling film documentary, "Dignity & Defiance: a Portrait of Mary Church Terrell", on February 22nd at the Seaford Public Library at 11am. A brief discussion will follow the film.
Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) was an African American, educator, writer, suffragist, and civil rights activist who championed racial equality and women’s suffrage in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Please register for this free event via this Eventbrite link.
For background information on Mary Church Terrell, check out these sources:
- Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954): Educator, Writer, Civil Rights Activist, VCU Libraries
- Library of Congress- The Terrell Papers
- The impact and legacy of Mary Church Terrell, WUSA9
- Mary Church Terrell Documentary, Speakola
Speakers Panel: Votes for Women 100 Years Later and Beyond
The LWVSCDE is proud to participate in this event presented by the Freeman Stage on March 3rd at 1pm at Delaware Technical Community College, Georgetown. A flyer for the Freeman Stage events can be found here.
Speakers will discuss the importance of the 19th Amendment's ratification and its impact and aftermath over the past 100 years. Additionally, they will address how the 19th Amendment will continue to make change for women and what we can anticipate in the next 100 years for women and the USA. Generously sponsored by Delaware Tech.
The LWVSCDE will have a voter registration table at the event.
19th Amendment Women's Celebration March
On Sunday, March 8, 3 p.m., there will be a celebratory march on The Circle in Georgetown to honor all women in celebrating International Women's Day and the Centennial of the 19th Amendment ratification. This celebratory march honors all women while celebrating a historic milestone. It is sponsored by the Freeman Stage. A flyer for Freeman Stage 19th Amendment events is available here.
The free event which is open to the public (adults and children), will commemorate the suffragettes who marched for women to have the right to vote. Join us in the fun and wear the colors of the suffragettes: white, purple and yellow. Feel free to bring a sign. Stickers as well as sashes will be available. Please register to attend using this link.
The LWVSC will have a voter registration table at the event.
"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.
Post screening discussion led be Joanne Guilfoil, PhD. Generously sponsored by Delaware Tech.
The LWVSC will have a voter registration table at the event.
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will present Syl Woolford lecturing on "The Women's Suffrage Movement, Below the Color-line", at the Lewes Public Library on February 29th, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.
- The Lewes Library in conjunction with DE Humanities is having a Women's History Panel which will focus on the suffrage anniversary and it's impact, on Wednesday March 25, 6PM at the Lewes Library.