Women’s Vote Centennial

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote!

After a 72 year battle, women won the right to vote when Congress passed the 19th Amendment in 1919 and 36 states ratified it by 1920.  

19th Amendment

How will your branch celebrate this historic event?

Here are some resources to get you started in your planning from Kimble Medley, AAUW FL Women’s Vote Centennial Chair and Flagler County Branch Publicity and Social Media Chair.

AAUW Florida Essay Contest 2019 Template

Women Voting Skit Original Script

Women WON the Vote Skit Florida Revised

Facebook Notes                                                                                                                                              2020 Centennial AAUW FL Facebook Note                                                                                    Woman Suffrage Book Display Facebook Note

Women WON the Vote Skit Facebook Note

Florida Historical Quarterly Articles                                                                                                  Florida Women Get the Vote Article

The Woman Suffrage Movement in Florida Article


Forum: The Magazine of the Florida Humanities Council – Learn about Florida’s suffragists in From Then to Now:  Women and Political Participation 1900 – 1982. https://floridahumanities.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Vol_18_No_3_Winter_1995-1996.pdf

National Women’s History Alliance – an American non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and preserving women’s history.  https://nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org

National Women’s History Alliance Gazette How Women Won the Vote-Volume Two (Part 1)  How Women Won the Vote-Volume Two (Part 2) How Women Won the Vote-Volume Two(Part 3)

Puzzlemaker through Discovery Education offers easy ways to make your own puzzles – a great idea for generating discussion.  Many thanks to AAUW Sun City/South Shore for sharing!
Rutgers University Study re Gender Differences in Voter Turnout  http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/sites/default/files/resources/genderdiff.pdf

Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative – a collaboration of women-centered organizations working to coordinate and amplify the centennial celebrations across the nation.                            Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative Toolkit   &    WVCI Merchandise Toolkit

Women's Equality Day poster                                Vote poster

Florida Branches – Women’s Vote Centennial Activities

Flagler County

Flagler County has planned activities throughout 2019 and 2020.  A project began early in 2019 to identify descendents of the first women to register to vote in the County and to honor these women through a variety of events.    Dear Women of Flagler Invitation

A Women’s Equality Day program was held on August 26, 2019 at the Flagler County Public Library that featured a member performed skit,  “Women Voting:  How Did THAT Happen?”

Cast of Women's Equality Day Performance

Gail Palmer as Lucretia Mott, Marty Butler as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Linda Russell as Susan B. Anthony, Muriel Levy – writer of the original play script, Kathy Reichard-Ellavsky as the Narrator and local suffragist Alice Scott Abbott, Patti Paukovich as Florida suffragist May Mann Jennings and Kimble Medley as Carrie Chapman Catt

The branch partnered with the Flagler County Public Library to create a display of women’s suffrage books and DVDs during the week of Women’s Equality Day.

Book Display



The branch is sponsoring an essay contest for middle and high school students with the winners invited to the Women’s History Month meeting in March 2020.

AAUW Flagler was invited by the Flagler County Historical Society to participate in Smithsonian’s National Museum Day on September 21, 2019.  AAUW Flagler members portraying suffragists  promoted National Voter’s Registration Day and the upcoming 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote by interacting in character with museum visitors and distributing voter registration applications and other voting information.  The Holden House, built in 1918, was recently named to the National Register of Historic Places.

AAUW Flagler members portraying Suffragists

AAUW Flagler Suffragists wave to passing cars in front of the Historic Holden House in Bunnell, FL

Sun City Center / South Shore

On July 13, 2019, members of AAUW Sun City Center / South Shore gathered to begin their celebration of 100 years of Woman’s Suffrage.  Sixteen AAUW members, including 3 guests, celebrated the occasion with a luncheon. They discussed the history of the suffrage movement in Florida, and had some fun with games highlighting the year 1969.

Florida ratified the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution on May 13, 1969.

Photo of Sun City-South Shore branch

Vero Beach

Vero Beach will be celebrating its own 100th Anniversary on October 26th, 2019, and the Vero Beach Branch will be marching for the vote with a coalition of women’s groups.

Vero Beach members dressed as suffragists

AAUW Vero Beach members Jonnie Perry, Co-President; Linda Barker, Director for Development; Martha Kucinsky, Parliamentarian

Vero Beach member dressed as suffragist

Linda Barker

Vero Branch Member portraying suffragist

Martha Kucinsky