The 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution will be celebrated in 2020. Many events are scheduled for August of that year. It’s time now to be planning. How have you prepared yourself, your organization, your state and nation?
The dates for Convention Days in Seneca Falls, NY: July 20-21, 2019. At the Women’s Rights National Historic Park, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148. Call 315-568-2991 for more information. 9-5 p.m. Free. There’s lodging suggestions, restaurants, and sites to visit online on the Convention Days website.
NEWS: The Gazette for the National Women’s History Alliance is preparing its next issue highlighting the diversity of the first wave of the women’s rights movement in the US.
Historic road markers funded by the Pomeroy Foundation are in the planning stages for 2020 across the nation. Some have already been installed under this innovative program.
The City of Long Beach, NY is planning for an unveiling of a historic votes for women marker during June 2019. The city is funding this marker itself, commemorating the visit of Edna Kearns and the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon in July of 1913. This is another example of the word spreading and many organizations and individuals taking the initiative. Details about the ceremony to be announced.
As 2020 approaches, there are more programs being announced by groups and organizations across the nation. The buildup has been accelerating over the past few years from behind the scenes by individuals and organizations. This has been a recognition of the importance of not letting the centennial observance of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution pass without some awareness of where we have been and where we are headed.
And along with this comes criticism that includes that the movement wasn’t perfect, that it should have been better, with more volunteers, more diversity, more funding. And there has also been a recognition that without the first wave, there couldn’t have been a second wave, and so on. One measure of the momentum is in the number of local, state, and national organizations hopping on the bandwagon for 2020.
A video highlighting the first wave of the women’s rights movement in the US.
Overall, this video moves quickly through the first wave of the women’s rights movement and provides a picture of what it took for US women to win the vote.
At the time of this blog’s launching in 2013, there wasn’t much out there on the internet about the upcoming 2020 centennial of women winning the right to vote. Now, it’s everywhere. And it’s an effort to keep up with the many offerings.
Are you and your organization involved? Will you, in some way, participate in the commemoration? Are you making plans for travel in 2020? If so, are you keeping suffrage centennials in mind?
Women have been marching for their rights for over 100 years. And that’s what the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association is doing this year. They will be seen and heard. And news is coming in from all over the nation about the special events, celebrations, and programming scheduled for 2020, the 100th anniversary of women winning the rigfht to votes in the United States.
Suffragists used tunes from commonly known songs or hymns and added their own lyrics tocreate anthems of the women’s rights movement. These songs addressed women’s status, relationships, and shared their dreams and goals. Women’s Rights National Historical Park has lined up on May 18, 2019, 1-4 p.m. a presentation of the music of the suffrage movement.
“Music in Your Park” event includes The Rochester Oratorio Society and the Albany Symphony in the Wesleyan Chapel, located at 126 Fall Street in Seneca Falls, NY.
Resonanz Vocal Ensemble will present a suite of suffragist anthems, newly restored and arranged from century-old sources by Eastman School of Music faculty member and pianist Jeannie Guerrero. The program also contains a stirring musical profile of suffrage pioneer and Underground Railroad conductor, Harriet Tubman, by Robert DeCormier, the longtime arranger for Peter, Paul and Mary, and “I’m Told I’m A Citizen,” from Mrs. President, by New York composer Victoria Bond. Eric
At 2 p.m. the park will present a ranger-led orientation talk in the Chapel discussing the park and its various properties, the societal shifts that led to the 1848 Convention, the relationships among the organizers, and the importance of place and time at the start of the suffrage movement.
I AM I AM I AM is brought to us by the Albany Symphony. I AM I AM I AM is a collective dedicated to examining traditional gender norms and roles and addressing the ways in which society and specifically classical music perpetuate stale stereotypes about the place of women in the twenty-first century. They strive to celebrate the autonomy of the female body and being, shedding light on the role of women in our industry and society at large. I AM I AM I AM will perform at 3 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information about Women’s Rights National Historical Park, including hours and upcoming programs, please visit the website at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-0024. Follow on Facebook(@WomensRightsNPS) and Twitter (#WomensRightsNPS).
The ratification by Tennessee of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution has been getting a great deal of publicity this year with the announcement of a film scheduled for release in 2020 based on the 2018 book by Elaine Weiss, The Woman’s Hour (Viking Press). The ratification vote in Tennessee caused a sensation all over the nation, so much so that 100 years later, in 2020, we’ll be able to witness some of the drama.
CHECK OUT THE BOOK, “THE WOMAN’S HOUR”
The Woman’s Hour is an excellent read. It’s difficult to make a historical event a page turner, but this has been accomplished. And the number of women’s suffrage events for 2020 is so extensive we’re having trouble keeping up with the crunch. And it’s an excellent feeling to know that the work of hundreds of volunteers over the past decade is finally paying off.
Do you have a women’s suffrage commission in your state? Are you taking advantage of the national program by the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation to erect free historic road markers across the nation? Are you planning a summer trip in 2020 to visit some of the many special programs and exhibits?