You are here

Home » Committees » Centennial Celebration Joint Taskforce

Centennial Celebration Joint Taskforce

Celebrate 100 years of Women Change Makers

Centennial Celebration logo image and link to the official siteAugust 26, 2020 marks 100 years since the United States Constitution ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, establishing the right to vote for most American women.  If you are interested in celebrating in your area, the Washington State Historical Society is awarding grants to help make that happen. The next grant deadline is April 30th!
Please click here for additional details.

The Women’s Commission and the Historical Society’s Women’s Consortium has formed a joint task force to prepare for the statewide Suffrage Centennial Celebration in 2020. The taskforce will:

  1. Provide leadership for statewide Suffrage Centennial Celebration from 2018 through 2020 of the centennial pertaining to the passage by congress of the Nineteenth Amendment and its subsequent ratification by three-fourths of the state legislature in August 1920.
  2. Immediately begin preparations for this statewide Centennial Celebration to include:
    1. Consult with a wide variety of organizations, institutions, public agencies, educational agencies and institutions, tourism organizations, and the general public about the content and conduct of the statewide Centennial Celebration.
    2. Plan, coordinate, and publicize events and informational materials for Washingtonians and visitors throughout the state commemorating the Centennial Celebration.
    3. Develop and encourage others to develop a broad range of widely available educational opportunities for Washingtonians generally, students, and visitors, including significant online educational resources, to:
      1. Increase civic engagement of women in Washington;
      2. Increase public understanding of Washington’s role & impact in the national suffrage movement;
      3. Increase public understanding of where Washington State is today in terms of gender equality;
      4. Increase public understanding of the long term effects of the suffrage movement in empowering & advancing women in society;
      5. Celebrate historic & current Women of Washington.
  3. Create and distribute a portfolio of public humanities programs, and encourage others to do so, to engage Washingtonians and visitors with important aspects of the women’s right to vote movement.
  4. Encourage private organizations, schools, institutions of higher education, public agencies, and local governments to organize and participate in activities commemorating the Centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
  5. Coordinate with the national collaborative for women’s history sites by contributing a Washington Component to the development of a nationwide votes for women trail.
  6. Administer a grant program for public agencies, educational institutions, and organizations exempt from taxation under Title 26 U.S.C. Sec. 501(c)(3) of the federal internal revenue code to assist with their commemoration activities.