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.
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.
Florida Historical Quarterly Articles Florida Women Get the Vote Article
Florida Suffrage 100 https://floridasuffrage100.org/
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
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
Florida Branches – Women’s Vote Centennial Activities
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?”
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 2019.
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.
On November 8, 2019 the branch partnered with the Flagler-Palm Coast Campus of Daytona State College for a showing of Iron Jawed Angels and display of student’s Women’s History projects.
On February 1, 2020 Manatee County Branch focused on woman’s suffrage at its annual scholarship fundraiser – “Year of Women – Celebrating a Century of Women’s Vote.” The guest speaker was Kathryn Chesley, a theater educator and trained actress who performed a Life and Times Portrayal of Rose Wilson, a daring newswoman who was the first woman to register to vote in Manatee County. Check out the links below for great ideas Manatee County has shared with other FL branches.
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.
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.