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The year 2017 seems like a long way into the future to be planning for women’s suffrage centennial events and special programs. But work is already underway for 2017 and the 100th anniversary of the Silent Sentinels picketing the White House in 1917. And 2017 is also the year for the New York State suffrage centennial.
Projects in the works include a national suffragist memorial in Lorton, Virginia; the continuation of the Women on 20s campaign; a proposed statue of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in NYC’s Central Park; a new effort by the National Women’s History Project to gather support for the designation of August 26th as a national holiday; and a 2016 centennial observance for Inez Milholland, American’s suffrage martyr. There’s also support for funding New York State’s women’s suffrage centennial commission, plus more in the works.
If the education and fundraising arm of your organization is interested in planning ahead, you’ll have access now to some great presenters whose schedules are filling up NOW. Celebrate women’s freedom to vote and be on the front lines in your community and region.
When planning for your organization, consider a five-year plan that will take your group through the 2020 national centyennial observance when American women will have been voting for 100 years.
When the NWHP started its work in 1980, NWHP executive director Molly Murphy MacGregor said that few outside of academia knew much about women’s history. Establishing a National Women’s History Week, and then a National Women’s History Month, proved to be a remarkably effective way of making women’s history relevant and visible not just in the classroom but in communities and workplaces as well. Now the NWHP is planning a Women’s History Alliance to connect educators, performers, historic sites, agencies, and organizations in their work of recognizing women’s history and preparing for the woman suffrage centennial in 2020. To make a donation, visit the NWHP web site.
Vision 2020 is planning a prominent exhibit at the National Constitution Center in 2020. Highlights of Vision 2020’s program include:
Shared Leadership: Vision 2020 Delegates from four states (Iowa, Massachusetts, Utah, Rhode Island) are drafting a CEO Challenge to increase the numbers of women on corporate boards.
Economic Security: Bobbi Liebenberg, Lisa Passante and Connie Lindsey are serving as conveners, communicators and coordinators of activities to close the gender gap in pay and retirement income by connecting with AAUW delegate leaders in several states and a new Vision 2020 Ally, WISER (Women’s Institute for Secure Retirement).
Youth Education: Delegates and allies are working on STEM education for girls, with support from the Society for Women Engineers, whose leaders attended the Congress. Others are seeking to incorporate the history of women into secondary education curricula, and some are emphasizing social media.
Civic Engagement: The Vision 2020 goal of rallying 100% of eligible women to vote in 2020.
It was a great year in 2014 with suffrage centennial celebrations in Montana and Nevada. Bernice Ende rode into Rochester, NY and other communities in 2014 to bring attention to upcoming women’s suffrage celebrations. Also in 2014, the second national park in the “Cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the U.S. was approved. Now the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York will host visitors in Seneca Falls and the Auburn communities of New York. The Harriet Tubman national park was a long time coming. The appropriations bill passed by the U.S. Congress also approved the national women’s history museum in Washington, DC that has attracted controversy over time.
The accomplishments of 2014 must be viewed as preparation for the big celebrations, New York’s state suffrage centennial in 2017, as well as the national 2020 suffrage centennial celebration. Turning Point Suffragist Memorial had its first “Night of Terror” observance in 2014 to lay the groundwork for building a suffragist memorial on or before 2020 in Lorton, Virginia. And then the news that the “Suffragette” feature film from the UK will be released in the fall of 2015. This coming year has a loaded schedule of observances and preparation for suffrage celebrations and observances. Follow Suffrage Centennials during 2015.
Put a reminder on your calendar about logging into an important program about the upcoming U.S. suffrage centennial in 2020. It’s not necessary to leave the comfort of home to sit side by side virtually with friends and colleagues from around the nation who will be glued to every word of the program: “Women’s History on the Horizon: The Centennial of Woman Suffrage in 2020.”
It’s scheduled for August 26th in commemoration of Women’s Equality Day and the 94th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The discussion considers how nearly one hundred years of voting rights has impacted present-day political, social, and economic roles for women. The National Archives is presenting the program along with the Sewall-Belmont House.