Recognize The Centenary Of The 19th Amendment Across These States


    A statue of Louisa Swain, the first woman in Wyoming to legally cast a vote, stands in front of the … [+] Wyoming House for Historic Women in Laramie.

    Women’s Equality Day is on August 26, and, in 2020, the date also marks the centenary of the adoption of the 19th U.S. Constitutional amendment granting the right to vote regardless of gender.

    In recognizing this milestone, there are states across America with significant monuments, landmarks or memorials honoring women who have brought public awareness about or made significant accomplishments relating to civil rights.

    In late August 2020, New York City’s Central Park will welcome the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument … [+] as the first statue in the park that recognizes real-life women.

    Both the city and state of New York are connected to women leaders, with a number of venues to learn more about them.

    On August 26, New York City’s Central Park will introduce its first figurative sculpture honoring real-life women on its Literary Walk in the park’s 167th-year history.

    Spearheaded by the efforts of the Monumental Women, a nonprofit organization, the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument is a statue depicting three New York suffragists — Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

    In real life, these women knew and interacted with each other through their shared cause of women’s suffrage.

    “They often attended the same meetings. They spoke on the same stage, so it’s only fitting that they share the same pedestal,” explained Pam Elam, Monument Women’s president.

    Designed by sculptor Meredith Bergmann, whose work has also included the Boston Women’s Memorial, the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument shows Anthony standing between Truth and Stanton seated at a table, perhaps holding a meeting or strategy session. In an artist’s statement, Bergmann described that Truth is shown speaking, Stanton is writing down notes, and Anthony, with a document in her hand, is organizing.

    More stories about the memorial and Anthony, Truth, and Stanton will be told through an onsite accompanying audio guide. Visitors can access “Talking Statues,” a recording of monologues read by acclaimed actors, by scanning a QR code from an accompanying sign or downloading the program’s app. Recorded in English and Spanish, Jane Alexander and America Ferrera will portray Anthony, Viola Davis and Zoe Saldana will depict Truth, and Meryl Streep and Rita Moreno will speak for Stanton.

    The Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y. tells of the meeting of the first … [+] Women’s Rights Convention in 1848.

    The Fingers Lake region of New York is intertwined with women’s history. In Seneca Falls, the Women’s Rights National Historical Park contains the Wesleyan Chapel, where the First Women’s Rights Convention met, and the home of suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

    While also known for her work as an abolitionist and a Union spy during the American Civil War, Harriet Tubman supported woman’s suffrage. She lived out the rest of her life in Auburn, N.Y. at Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, where her home stands today.

    In Rochester, you can see the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, where she was arrested for illegally casting a vote in an election, and take a selfie with “Let’s Have Tea,” the statue of Anthony with her friend and women’s suffrage supporter Frederick Douglass in Anthony Square.

    A mural of a pioneer woman by Jessie Bell, a Wyoming artist, adorns a building in downtown Casper, … [+] Wyo.

    Fittingly nicknamed “The Equality State,” Wyoming gave women not only the right to vote in 1869, while it was still a U.S. territory, but also the right to hold office.

    Wyoming State Senator Affie Ellis noted that Wyoming was an early granter of these women’s rights because the leaders of this Western territory not only because of the scope of population but also they thought this would be the right thing to do. Upon obtaining statehood in 1890, Ellis noted that Wyoming insisted that their granting of women’s voting rights would not be compromised.

    “When you stand on the steps of our Capitol, I always think about what those events must have been like, and how bold Wyoming was in telling Congress, ‘We’d rather stay out of the Union [for] a hundred years than to come in without our women,’ ” Ellis explained.

    The Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Pathway is a 19-mile route whose total mileage is a nod to the 19th … [+] Amendment.

    In downtown Laramie, the Wyoming House for Historic Women is located a block away from where history maker Louisa Swain casted her vote. A sculpture in her likeness stands outside this building, which honors her and 12 other equally noteworthy Wyoming women. Each year, The Louisa Swain Foundation reenacts the historic first vote of Sept. 6, 1870 as part of the annual Louisa Swain Day and in 2020, they will mark the 12th annual day with events in celebration of Wyoming’s Suffrage.

    Wyoming’s Capitol building in Cheyenne is undergoing restoration, which includes the restoring of the Territorial House Chamber/Historic Supreme Court Chamber. Within this chamber, women’s suffrage for the territory was upheld as the territory sought statehood in the 1889 and officially entered the Union in 1890.

    In Casper, the Casper Artists’ Guild hosts the Casper Art Walk on the first Thursday of each month from May through September. Murals adorn parts of the city, including one near David Street Station that celebrates Wyoming women.

    The Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Pathway is a stretch of road beginning just a few miles from South Pass City and follows Wyoming Highway 28 for 19 miles, with the mileage total being a nod to the 19th Amendment. Along this route, South Pass City was home to Esther Morris, who was the first woman in the United States to serve in public office and sworn in as the Justice of the Peace in 1870.

    The Workhouse Arts Center contains the Lucy Burns Museum, which was on this site that the … [+] suffragists who were picketing the White House in 1917 were imprisoned.

    In Lofton, Va., within the suburbs of Washington, D.C., the Lucy Burns Museum at the Workhouse Arts Center is based at the site of a former correctional facility where suffragists were imprisoned in 1917 for picketing the White House for the women’s right to vote.

    At this former workhouse prison turned arts center and museum, an installation of historical photos tells what happened to these ladies over a century ago; visitors can also learn about the prison’s chronology in operation from 1910 through 2001. The museum was named after Lucy Burns, co-founder of the National Woman’s Party. 

    In celebration of the Centennial, the Workhouse Arts Center will be participating in the nationwide “Forward Into Light” campaign starting on August 26. In celebration of the Centennial, various buildings and landmarks across the United States will be lit up in purple and gold (the official suffrage colors). 

    Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument in Nashville depicts five suffragettes who were in the city when … [+] Tennessee reps voted for the 19th amendment’s ratification.

    Tennessee holds a special place in passing the 19th Amendment into law, as it was the final state needed for its ratification. And The Volunteer State has many visual reminders of that significant act.

    Launched in mid-July 2020, the artistic project “Walls for Women” has been marking the centenary of the 19th amendment through the painting of public murals by female artists on commercial buildings throughout 10 cities in Tennessee.

    The Tennessee Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail marks locations in West Tennessee, Middle Tennessee and East Tennessee correlating with important events and figures.

    In late August, the city of Clarksville welcomed “Tennessee Triumph,” a 1.25X life-sized statue representing all Clarksville women who worked for suffrage and voted in their first legally-permitted election at the Public Square in downtown Clarksville.

    The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville was once used as a headquarters by suffragists to secure … [+] Tennessee’s ratification.

    In Nashville’s Centennial Park, the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument features five women who were in Nashville during the final ratification effort. They are Anne Dallas Dudley of Nashville; Frankie Pierce of Nashville; Sue Shelton White of Jackson; Abby Crawford Milton of Chattanooga and Carrie Chapman Catt, the national suffrage leader who came to Nashville during the summer of 1920 to direct pro-suffrage forces.

    The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville was used as a headquarters by suffragists to secure Tennessee’s ratification. In timing with the centenary, the properly recently was given National Landmark Status.

    Knoxville’s Tennessee Woman Suffrage Memorial depicts suffragists Lizzie Crozier French of Knoxville, Anne Dallas Dudley of Nashville and Elizabeth Avery Meriwether of Memphis at the Market Square.

    Michele Herrmann develops guides on U.S. and international destinations and writes about travel trends, food and culture for various print and digital media outlets and

    Michele Herrmann develops guides on U.S. and international destinations and writes about travel trends, food and culture for various print and digital media outlets and travel companies.




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