Women’s Vote 100 Evanston announces a series of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in August of 2020.
Evanston women were integral to the local, state and national women’s suffrage movements. Recognizing that voting restrictions existed long after the 19th Amendment was passed – and still exist today – several Evanston organizations are commemorating this significant milestone in women’s history remembering that a central and ongoing question in democratic societies is “Who is a Citizen?”
These events tell the story of the long struggle for women’s right to vote to promote understanding of the importance of citizenship and the struggle that women endured to attain it.
? Aug. 2, “Suffrage Sundays” kickoff: video series presented by the Frances Willard House Museum.
? Aug. 10, 7 p.m., Proclamation presented at Evanston City Council Meeting
? Aug. 17, 4-6 p.m., WTTW program with clip from American Experience: The Vote and panelists sharing the Illinois suffrage story.
? Aug. 18-26 , Do-It-Yourself Suffrage March.
? Aug. 25, 6-7 p.m., Voting Rights Symposium hosted by the Woman’s Club of Evanston in partnership with the Illinois Holocaust Museum.
? Aug. 26, Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote exhibit at Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood St.
? 10 a.m., Facebook live exhibit tour and Votes for Women Trail marker unveiling for Catharine Waugh McCulloch
? 12-4 p.m., onsite exhibit open, reservations required
? Rightfully Hers – National Archives popup exhibit on view
Women’s Vote 100 Evanston is a community partner group led by the Evanston Women’s History Project at the Evanston History Center and includes the City of Evanston, Downtown Evanston, the Evanston Community Foundation, Evanston Made, the Evanston Public Library, the Frances Willard House Museum, the League of Women Voters of Evanston, North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau, Northwestern University, Shorefront Legacy Center, the Woman’s Club of Evanston and the YWCA Evanston/North Shore.
More information and full event details can be found at evanstonwomen.org/events/