2020 Centennial

2020 Centennial

Hard Won, Not Done

League of Women Voters Iowa Sponsored Centennial Events, information and merchandise
The gains?  Hard Won   The status today?  Not Done  
The future is calling to help learn from the past.  How will you answer?

Metro Des Moines Events  Women's Rights button

Feb. 14, 2020 | Friday | Centennial Kick-off Event at the ISU Memorial Union - 11:30 AM to 6:30 PM (sponsored by LWV Iowa) - 

The Kickoff Celebration will begin with check-in, brunch and campanile concert at 11:30. Other highlights of the kickoff include:
----a Keynote address by Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote; 
----a performance of The Yellow Rose of Suffrage by Dr. Jane Cox; and
----breakout sessions including:
     1.  "Suffrage in the South: Q & A with Elaine Weiss";
     2.  "Women's Political Participation, 1920 - 2020";
     3.  "Readings from Women's Suffrage Documents/Speeches";
     4.  "Iowa Stories (African American, League of Women Voters, Latinas)"; and
     5.  "The 19th Amendment as Voting Rights History."
The full schedule for this event is available HERE.

All events are free and open to the public. RSVPs are not required, but they are appreciated. Guests can RSVP using this link

March 25, 2020 | Wednesday | Co-sponsor with Chrysalis Foundation |Wakonda Club Luncheon and Conversation

Time 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Topic The Power of Women's Movements
Part 1 "The Rest of the Story" - Fileflyer and ticket information
  As the nation honors the 100th Anniversary of Suffrage, we will dig deeper into how this movement did not mean voting for all women, leaving women of color behind.

April 17
, 2020 | Friday | 5-9 PM | A Celebration of Mary Kline Misol's 19 Portraits of Suffragists | Artisan Gallery 218, 218 5th St., WDM

May 20, 2020
| Wednesday | Co-sponsor with Chrysalis Foundation | Wakonda Club Luncheon and Conversation |

Time 11:30 AM - 1 PM
Topic The Power of Women's Movements
Part 2 "Today's Movement Makers" - Fileflyer and ticket information
  We will look closer at today's movements - how the internet and social media have changed how we mobilize and work together to improve our communities and our world.

August 27, 2020
| Thursday | Centennial Gala | The River Center, 340 SW 3rd, Des Moines| 6-9 PM

         The Gala logo

The evening will include a Gala dinner, a historical play, the gallery of 19 "suffragist" portraits by artist Mary Kline Misol and a special speaker.  See Sponsorship information here .  Tickets can be bought here.




  PDF iconButtons in the images of Mary Kline Misol's 19 "suffragist" portraits and Meneese Wall images

Free 2020 Centennial Calendars are available 
The League of Women Voters Metro Des Moines has a supply.  Please obtain a calendar at Artisan Gallery 218 in Valley Junction.

Check the LWV IA 19th Amendment website for additional memorabilia - go to the top of this page for the link.

We are celebrating other notable anniversaries this year,
in addition to
the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote.  They are:

100th Anniversary of the Founding of the League of Women Voters
55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965