There are dozens if not hundreds of ways to commemorate this important moment in women’s history in the U.S. Though we recognize that the 19th Amendment did not solve the issue of voting rights for all American women, it was a significant achievement after an almost 70 year battle.
Many ways to take part in this historic moment are coming this week. You can find many of the events and programs in Illinois on our events page – https://suffrage2020illinois.org/news-and-events/events/
Here’s a great summary on the Daily Herald website – here.
For additional events and those outside Illinois (many of which are happening online and so accessible to all) visit the National Women’s History Alliance and the Woman’s Suffrage Centennial Commission websites for more. The pdf below includes many of these events.
Some highlights –
Forward Into Light – buildings and landmarks throughout the U.S., including some in Illlinios, will be lit in purple and gold to honor the anniversary – https://www.womensvote100.org/forwardintolight
Rights, Responsibilities, and Roadblocks: Critical Stories Leading to the Passage of the 19th Amendment and Beyond – August 25th at 7 pm – more here – https://suffrage2020illinois.org/news-and-events/events/
Determined to Rise”: Chicago’s African American Women in the Fight for the Vote – August 26th at 3 pm – more here – https://suffrage2020illinois.org/news-and-events/events/
Song Suffragettes host livestreamed weekly performances from The Listening Room in Nashville, TN every Monday in August at 7pm (ET) in celebration of the centennial. Performing on August 24 is Runaway June! More – https://www.songsuffragettes.com/
The most important way you can honor this moment – and the perseverance and courage it took to achieve it – is to value and use the citizenship rights you have to VOTE – and work to ensure and protect voting rights for others.