Suffrage Centennial News and Updates

The 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) has launched a web site, 2020Centennial.org, that serves as a central organizing and information sharing platform for the 2020 national suffrage centennial when American women will have been voting for 100 years.

“Mother Mends” is a suffrage song—about women winning the right to vote. It is composed by Joe DeFilippo and performed by the R.J. Phillips Band, a group of Baltimore musicians. Joe DeFilippo: vocals, acoustic guitar, bass guitar; Patrick McAvinue: fiddle; Bill Phelan: 12 string guitar, pedal steel; Leslie Darr, background vocals; Bill Pratt: drums, organ, background vocals. Produced & recorded by: Bill Pratt @ the Bratt Studio, Baltimore, MD.

Sign up with the 2020 Women’s Vote CentennialLet Suffrage2020 know what your organization is planning for 2020. Post on the group’s Facebook page or web pages for events coming soon and/or post to the listserv. To post, send an email with the message to Suffrage2020@thezahnisers.com. Updates from the Suffrage2020 listserv:

NOW is the time to approach your state legislators about a state 2020 commission. One bill to use as a model is the bill establishing the New York State Suffrage Commission. Even without any appropriation of funds, a state commission can provide visibility for a state’s 2020 efforts and leverage fundraising.

The Minnesota League of Women Voters, the Minnesota Women’s Consortium, and Zeta Phi Beta, together with 2020 WVCI, are meeting with legislators about submitting a bill establishing a Minnesota state commission.

The work of the National 2020 Suffrage Centennial Commission can’t start until all members are appointed. Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House have yet to announce their choices. Congress appropriated $2 million for the 2020 commission.

The Iowa League of Women Voters, AAUW, the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, and Carrie Chapman Center at Iowa State, and others have joined together for a 2020 commemoration. Their plans include artworks, billboards, lectures, musical performances, curricula and much more.

The Washington Women’s History Consortium is overseeing the updating of resources developed originally for their state suffrage centennial.  The Washington State Archives has updated a poster created for that centennial.