The League of Women Voters of the U.S. (LWVUS) and the Sewall- Belmont House & Museum (SBHM), organizations with roots in the 72 year campaign for women’s voting rights has announced the creation of the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI), a collaboration commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment which added women’s right to vote to the U.S. Constitution.
The WVCI will be led by a steering Committee and a larger task Force, which collectively represent the various segments of the historical women’s suffrage movement, contemporary women’s organizations, and scholars. The list of members can be found sewallbelmont.org/learn/womens-vote-centennial
The WVCI Steering Committee honored the convening of this initiative at a public program hosted by the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum and co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. The program was entitled “Women and Politics: Advocacy, Activism, and Influencing Policy.”
The first project of the WVCI is a logo contest. The Initiative invites individuals and groups to contribute their design skills and creativity to the development of a logo and slogan (slogo) for use by anyone celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The contest, which opens March 30th, will accept submissions through June 30th, 2016. A celebrity judge panel will help select the winner in time for an announcement on Women’s Equality Day, August 26, 2016. Details for the Slogo Contest and WVCI activities can be found at sewallbelmont.org/learn/womens-vote-centennial/.
Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative Task Force:
Miriam Bader, New York, Director, Education, Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Lucy Beard*, New Jersey; (Executive Director, Alice Paul Institute)
Robert P.J. Cooney, Jr.*, California
Author, Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement
Director, Woman Suffrage Media Project
Roberta Francis*, New Jersey
Founding Chair, ERA Task Force, National Council of Women’s Organizations
Noemi Ghazala*, New York
Superintendent, Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls
Lisa Kathleen Graddy*, Washington, D.C.
Deputy Chair and Curator, Division of Political History
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Lis Harper*, Houston
Digital Consultant, Sewall-Belmont House & Museum
Page Harrington**, Washington, D.C.
Executive Director, Sewall-Belmont House & Museum
Deborah L. Hughes, New York
President & CEO, National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
Jennifer Krafchik*, Washington, D.C.
Deputy Director and Director of Strategic Initiatives, Sewall-Belmont House & Museum,
Barbara Irvine, New Jersey
Founding President, Alice Paul Centennial Foundation, Inc.
Ida E. Jones, Ph.D., Maryland
Archivist, Morgan State University
Marguerite Kearns, New Mexico
Co-Chair, Inez Milholland Centennial Observance
Ann Lewis*, Maryland
Co-Chair, President’s Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History, 1998-2000
Elizabeth Maurer, Virginia
Director of Programs, National Women’s History Museum
Molly Murphy McGregor*, California
Executive Director and Founder, National Women’s History Project
Denise D. Meringolo, Maryland
Director of Public History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Kathleen Pate, Arkansas
Board Member, Arkansas Women’s History Institute
Sally Roesch Wagner, Ph.D., New York
Founding Director, The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation
Adjunct Faculty, The Renée Crown University Honors Program, Syracuse University
Judith Rosenbaum, Ph.D., Massachusetts
Executive Director, Jewish Women’s Archive
Jennifer Scott, Illinois
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Nancy Tate**, Washington, D.C.
Immediate Past Executive Director, League of Women Voters of the United States
Marsha Weinstein, Kentucky
Co-Founder and Vice President, Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust
Board Member, National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites
Co-Chair, NCWHS’ National Votes for Women Trail Committee
Sydnee Winston*, Virginia
Associate Producer, National Programming, WETA-TV
Pat Wirth, Virginia
Executive Director, Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association
Jill Zahniser*, Minnesota
Historian and Co-Author of Alice Paul: Claiming Power (2014)
* Steering Committee member **WVCI Co-Chairs
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