Our Centennial Celebration
Women's Equality Day August 26, 2020 - 100 Years since the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution giving Women the Right to Vote. But not ALL women - voter suppression prevented women of color to be able to vote. It was not until the VOTER RIGHTS of 1965 that women of color could exercise the right to VOTE.
Below are photos of LWV-GCV celebration on 8/26/2020 at Wilson Park Menomonie, WI
Photos by Mary Lotten
Photos by Mary Lotten
Events and Resources – in person and virtual – for the 100 th Anniversary Celebration of Women’s Suffrage
We Stand on their Shoulders, a traveling exhibit from the Wisconsin Historical Society, at the
Rassbach Museum in Wakanda Park in Menomonie, August 4-15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Small groups should call 715-232-8685 to schedule a visit. Admission: $5 adults, $3 children, $12 for a family group. Sundays free. Members free. Face masks required.
Iron Jawed Angels, a movie, available on HBO or Prime Video or on loan from your local public library.
Wisconsin Public Television programs, available online:
Point of View (POV) from June 29 & 30 about Women of Color. https://pbswisconsin.org/watch/pov/and-she-could-be-next-ep-1-unzprg/
Girl Scout Ranger Program, activities and educational pieces that tie into the 19th Amendment Centennial and National Park sites, and the Girl Scout Suffrage button activity sheet, that all ages can print off at home and enjoy. Their web site is www.gsnwgl.org.
The well known Eau Claire Women in Theater had planned to do a live in-person play, but had to change plans because of the coronavirus. They recorded three 5-7 minute vignettes:
Events and Programs created and arranged by Margy Hagaman, League of Women Voters - GCV
History Notes for the 100th Anniversary Celebration
Women voted in the US Presidential election in November 1920, after 72 years of organizing, demonstrating, and lobbying for the right to vote. Passing the 19th
Amendment in Congress and finally ratifying it in 2/3 of the states by August 26, 1920,
gave some women voting rights, but not all groups were included.
In 1924, Native Americans, men and women, were granted citizenship and given the right to vote although some tribes were already considered citizens.
In 1943 Chinese immigrants become citizens and were given the right to vote by the Magnuson Act. African Americans became citizens after the civil war when African American men were able to vote. African American women got the right to vote in 1920 with the 19th Amendment. However, in many parts of the country, African Americans of both sexes
were denied voting rights, sometimes out of fear or due to local or state laws. Racism endured. Black women leaders who led the fight to get voting rights include Ida B. Wells in 1913 and Fannie Lou Hamer in 1962-65. In 1965 the right for African Americans to vote was insured during the Johnson Administration through the Voting Rights Act.
Along with the travelling display at the Rassbach Museum in Menomonie, August 4-15, the Wisconsin Historical Society has provided information for program suggestions, school resources, reading lists and local and national information. For more information about the travelling exhibit visit wisconsinhistory.org/suffrageexhibit.
For more information, visit wisconsinhistory.org.
Movies and Books on Women’s Suffrage
Local bookstores or on-line resources can easily generate a long list of resources on Women’s Suffrage with that simple search: Women’s Suffrage. The web resource: https://littlefeminist.com/2020/03/03/10kids-books-about-voting-and-suffrage/ has a great array of books for the young reader. When looking locally at libraries serving the Chippewa Valley, the search term Women’s Suffrage brings up many options. One can also further limit the search to “children’s’ books”.
Here are some books and videos that are available through our extensive library system:
Resources compiled by:
Margy Hagaman, League of Women Voters- Greater Chippewa Valley.