August 26, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The Women's Committee held a month-long celebration and education on the history of the suffragette movement - including the daily NYSUT Women Vote 2020 campaign on social media, and the virtual live stream event on Aug. 26 - as we continued the fight for racial and gender justice for all women and highlighted the importance of turning out at the polls.
And check out our pledge to vote and voting resources at nysut.org/womenvote.
More information and resources are available below.
Join your sisters from the NYSUT Women’s Committee and NYSUT Women’s Chapters for this virtual live event as they talk about the need for racial and gender justice for all women and the importance of voting in 2020. We will be joined by NYSUT President Andy Pallotta and Interim Commissioner of Education Dr. Betty Rosa. More guests to be announced soon! Learn more.
"The centennial of women's suffrage will be commemorated later this month," says NYSUT Executive Vice President Jolene Dibrango. "Unfortunately, like many remembrances throughout our history, it isn't a perfect celebration. Achieving the right to vote was hard fought, but it wasn't inclusive of all women. While the 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote on August 26, 1920, many women of color were denied this right because of discriminatory Jim Crow laws that were passed in many states. These were the very same laws that denied men of color the right to vote." Read the entire blog post.
Many people around America are looking for appropriate ways to commemorate the centennial. Planning for celebrations is underway and some efforts have already launched. The Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative is a collaboration of women-centered organizations working to encourage and amplify the centennial celebrations across the nation. In this guide, we outline ways you can organize, educate, and celebrate.
National Women's History Alliance - Women Win the Vote Gazette
2020 Women's Vote Centennial Initiative: