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How will you commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Vote?

September 26, 2019

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which placed women’s voting rights in the United States Constitution. Our colleagues at the Oregon Women’s History Consortium put together a list of ways individuals and groups from around the country are planning to commemorate the centenary. We’ve added a few thoughts and encourage you to share your plans.

Image from Library of Congress
Note the women suffrage colors in the logo!
  • Share a photo or fact about a local woman leader in each of your 2020 newsletters.
  • Create a mini-exhibit in your local library, city hall, shopping center, or local school.
  • Recreate a historical event.
  • Hold a history talk at your local library.
  • Gather all the current and former elected women officials from your town, city, or county at an important site in your area for a commemorative photo.
  • Have local groups, schools, and organizations write a proclamation about the anniversary as a way to educate about this important history, and help commemorate this once in a century anniversary. You can find excellent resources to use in writing a proclamation at the Oregon Women’s History Consortium and at the Century of Action websites. 
  • Plant purple, yellow, and white flowers–American women suffrage colors–to remind anyone who views them of this significant anniversary.
  • Put an Oregon suffragist, anti-suffragist, or organization on the National Votes for Women Trail Map!
  • Submit information on places associated with women in Oregon History to the Oregon Historic Sites Database.
  • Skydive to spread the word! (Okay, maybe just watch the Women’s Skydiving Network recite the 19th amendment while jumping out of a plane. But remember, the sky’s the limit!)

As you plan for 2020, keep these important dates in mind:

  • January 14, 2020 is the date Oregon ratified the 19th Amendment
  • March is Women’s History Month
  • August 26, 2020 is Women’s Equality Day

A special thanks to the Oregon Women’s History Consortium who published original content in this article on August 21, 2019, and allowed us to add ideas. Please help us generate more ideas in the comments below. For additional ideas on how to research women’s history in your community, visit Oregonheritage.org and refer to our Centennial Vote Planning Guide.

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