How to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Danielle Desouza August 19, 2020

In August 1920 women in the US finally got the right to vote via the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. This year marks the 100th anniversary of that date.

The 19th Amendment, ratified on 18 August, 1920, reads: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

Here are a few ways to celebrate this momentous occasion.

Virtual storytime

Those who want to learn more about the 19th Amendment can watch Mara Rockliff’s ‘Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten and 10,000 Miles’ on Facebook Live at 3 PM U.S time today. Plus, it is absolutely free.

Remember the plight of women of colour

Native Americans were only granted the right to vote in 1924, while Chinese Americans had to wait until 1943. Finally, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 committed to protect the voting rights of Black women and men.

For those seeking to learn more about these historical landmarks, on 26 August, a live chat and screening of the documentary, Finding Justice: The Untold Story of Women’s Fight for the Vote will be happening. If you are interested, please register here to attend.

The documentary explores the role of the Justice Bell in the suffragette movement.

Image by Roman Grac from Pixabay

Virtual rally and concert

For music lovers, there will be a virtual rally and concert featuring talented female artists such as Indina Menzel and activists Gloria Steinem and Dolores Huerta, to name a few. The concert is set to match the electricity of a live concert and with an all female team, girl power is sure to head the agenda. Sign up here to attend.

Interactive mosaic

Between 24 – 28 August, Union Station in California will be celebrating suffragette and civil rights leader Ida B. Wells with a 1,000 square-foot mosaic. Those who want to take part despite not being in California next week can access an interactive version of the mosaic here. The history of each individual tile can be discovered at a leisurely pace. With an array of intricate and informative panels, you will not be bored.

Image by Jackie Williamson from Pixabay

Zoom party

Why not have a powerful-women-in-history theme party on Zoom? You and your guests can play a series of popular party games, such as the sticky head game, to explore the lives and accomplishments of women such as Susan B. Anthony, who pioneered the idea of women’s suffrage in the States.

Go a step further and assign each guest a different party food to make, which pays homage to the 19th Amendment. The best-decorated item will even get a prize – up to you what that is!

There are plenty of ways to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and all from the comfort of your own home. What are you waiting for?

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