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2020 CENTENNIAL CELEBRATED
US WOMEN WINNING THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN 1920
TAKE NOTE— 2020 was an election year in the United States. And on August 26, 2020, the US population was focused on the national observance of US women voting for the past 100 years.
“There are millions of descendants of the women’s rights movement, like me, in the United States. We were busy during 2020 celebrating,” said Marguerite Kearns, the granddaughter of Edna Kearns (1882-1934), a New York State women’s rights activist. Edna Kearns is best known for her “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon, now in the collection of the New York State Museum in Albany, NY.
THE 2020 EVENTS DURING A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION YEAR
Statues were unveiled during 2020 across the nation. Cultural events and celebrations marked the centennial, as well as special exhibits, historic street markers, fairs, forums, parades, programs, conventions, theatrical and musical performances, publications, and much more. Seneca Falls, NY and the surrounding upstate Finger Lakes region, is considered the cradle of the US women’s rights movement.
“Many people refer to the early stage of women’s activism, from 1848 to 1920, as the suffrage movement,” Kearns continued. “Some believe the suffrage movement, also known as the early women’s rights movement, goes back to the start of our nation. The years from the 1960s through the 1980s are considered the mid-point of women’s activism in the 20th century. The 1990s to the present day are also referred to as the contemporary movement.”
MANY 2020 EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS WERE SCHEDULED FOR ON OR AROUND AUGUST 26TH
August 26th in 2020 commemorated the centennial of the ratification and passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution in 1920, although events and observances took place all year. The amendment guaranteed US women the right to vote in local, state, and national elections. August 26th is also called Women’s Equality Day, an observance set aside by the US Congress in 1971. Across the nation there are an increasing number of Americans anxious to make August 26th a national holiday.
The Stanton/Anthony/Truth statue in NYC’s Central Park was unveiled on August 26, 2020. The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial delayed its opening in Lorton, Virginia. An announcement about a national women’s trail consisting of plaques, historic buildings, street markers, and more will be a headliner in the news.
More events and observances are expected in 2021 due to the cancellation of many centennial activities due to the global pandemic.