CELEBRATING THE CENTENNIAL!

CELEBRATING THE CENTENNIAL!

Women Picket the White House in 1917

 


 
This page is dedicated to celebrations and events during 2019-20 tied to the 100th Anniversary of women getting the right to vote.  Links and resources are for everyone to use.

 

LWVUS Resources | Events in DC | More Resources | TPSMNationwide - WVCI | Annenberg Video about 19th Amendment | Suffrage Movement Started With a Tea Party

 

READ COMMENTARY ABOUT THE CENTENNIAL

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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 the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), so we are celebrating the League's Centennial also!

Scroll down this page to see the many events, resources and stories about the 100th Anniversary of Women Getting the Right to Vote in America!

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LWVUS Resource Page for 100th Anniversary League Activities

 

LWV 100th Centennial graphicLWVUS has created a landing page for the activities and opportunities LWVUS is hard at work planning in connection to the 19th Amendment anniversary as well as the League's 100th anniversary next year. LWVUS staff will update this page as new resources become available. 

100th Anniversary Toolkit: The LWV 100th Anniversary Committee developed this 100th Anniversary Tool Kit which includes anniversary logos, social media graphics, messaging guidelines and more to help every League participate in our centennial campaign as we approach 2020. Not only is LWVUS providing a tool kit with its digital campaign, but we are also updating the existing 100th Anniversary toolkit in time for Council in June 2019. These upgrades are intended to supplement Leagues' existing plans and provide additional resources.

Additionally, Leagues may use any images on the LWVUS Flickr site for their celebrations and campaigns. The LWVUS Flickr site includes historical photos as well as contemporary photos, which Leagues may download and use without attribution or other requirements.  For all graphic files, click 100th Centennial graphics .

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Events and Resources in the D.C. Area

 

LWVFA Exhibit in Vienna VA with Kelly StratmanLWVFA CENTENNIAL EXHIBIT in Vienna, VA:  "Women Creating a More Perfect Democracy: 100 Years of the League of Women Voters" Exhibit at Freeman Store and Museum, 131 Church St., NE, in Vienna, Virginia 22180.  Exhibit runs from Noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, through December of 2019.

LWV Chief of Staff and LWVFA member Kelly Stratman poses with Votes for Women picture:

 

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The National Archives celebrates the centennial of women's suffrage with a new exhibit, Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be at the National Archives Museum in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery in Washington, D.C, through January 3, 2021.

  Link to more info

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NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY presents:

"Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence" March 29, 2019, through January 5, 2020. 

From the March 29 Washington Post article entitled, “How a new exhibit corrects our skewed understanding of women's suffrage”…

Catalog Cover of Votes for Women Exhibition at DC Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery will celebrate the centennial of U.S. women winning the right to vote with the exhibit "Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence." This exhibit makes history not for its commemoration of suffrage, but for the recognition it finally gives to African American women such as Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Julia A. Foote, Ida B. Wells Barnett, Mary Church Terrell and Alice Dunbar-Nelson. It is about time.

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" also sheds 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 isHow the Daughters and Granddaughters of Former Slaves Secured Voting Rights for All.

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Library of Congress Exhibit - "Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote"

Poster for Library of Congress exhibit Shall Not Be Denied, 2019

New Exhibition 'Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote'  Features Original Manuscripts, Images of Suffrage Movement. Collections of Leading Suffragists from Seneca Falls to 19th Amendment. Opens on June 4, 2019 and is on view through September 2020.

 From the Library of Congress Exhibition press release:

Drawing from the personal collections of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Mary Church Terrell, Carrie Chapman Catt, Harriet Stanton Blatch and others, along with the records of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and National Woman's Party + all donated to the national library years ago + the exhibition will explore women's long struggle for equality. "Shall Not Be Denied" will trace the movement from before the first women's rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, through the divergent political strategies and internal divisions the suffragists overcame, the parades and pickets they orchestrated for voting rights, and the legacy of the 19th Amendment that was finally ratified in 1920.

For more information, go to the Library of Congress press page.  

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MORE RESOURCES

FROM LWV of Virginia - Centennial Facebook Group If you are a Facebook user, you can check out the latest posts from LWV-VA members.  You will have to be approved by the Administrator to view and post to the Group.
LWV-VA Centennial Facebook Group includes latest posts pertinent to Centennial resources and events.

 

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TURNING POINT SUFFRAGE MEMORIAL in Lorton, VA.  The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association (TPSM), is a nonprofit group working to fund a suffrage memorial in Occoquan Regional Park, Lorton, VA, dedicated to the suffragists who were incarcerated at the Occoquan Workhouse in 1917. Click the link to learn about the latest events.

Read about the Groundbreaking for the Memorial on November 14, 2019.

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NATIONWIDE RESOURCE: THE 2020 WOMEN'S VOTE CENTENNIAL INITIATIVE (WVCI)

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THE 2020 WOMEN'S VOTE CENTENNIAL INITIATIVE (WCVI) is a League-supported Clearinghouse of centennial events nationwide. WVCI 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 .

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NEW VIDEO FROM ANNENBERG CLASSROOM:

The 19th Amendment: A Woman's Right To Vote

Take out 25 worthwhile minutes to view the just-released video, The 19th Amendment: A Woman's Right to Vote from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center. It will make you appreciate the fight for women to vote.

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           Did You Know the Suffrage Movement Started with a Tea Party?  

Picture of suffragists in 1848

 

Despite their inexperience, they drafted an agenda and an organizing document, the Declaration of Sentiments, that would galvanize American women. Together, Hunt and her guests envisioned an equality that would smash the sexist norms of their day—and they did it with cups of tea in hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the surface, it was just another tea party—a well-behaved group of women passing cups of brewed beverages around the genteel table of Jane Hunt, a well-to-do New York woman who had invited four others to dine with her.

But this tea party was not for shrinking violets. Hunt’s guests were about to air their grievances about the world’s injustices toward women—and to give birth to the convention on women’s rights that resulted in the formation of the American women’s movement. 

Read entire article by Erin Blakemore, published on History.com, July 2018  (https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/seneca-falls-convention-begins)

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