Find out more about the 2020 Suffrage Centennial in Washington

2020 marks 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, ensuring the right to vote for most women. Washington was the 5th state in the nation where women won the right to vote, before the amendment was ratified nationally. 

Washington State Historical Society and the Washington Women's History Consortium are working together to support events and programs related to the Women's Suffrage Centennial. We do this through grants and statewide outreach.

You can learn more and find out about events across the state via our dedicated website,


Apply for a Grant

Nonprofit organizations and public groups can apply for a grant to fund an activity, program, or event supporting the suffrage centennial in Washington. Who can apply? 
  • 501c3 nonprofit organizations incorporated in the state of Washington
  • Local governments
  • Tribal governments and related organizations
  • Public schools and libraries
Some ideas:
Discussion panel, speakers' bureau, lecture series, or guest lecture
  • Hosting a related heritage organization, such as Humanities WA or Living Voices
  • An exhibition
  • A play or performance
  • A 5K walk/run or bicycle race
  • A voter registration drive 
Any program that supports one or more of these Centennial Celebration goals can be considered:
  • Celebrate historic and current women of Washington
  • Increase civic engagement of women in Washington
  • Increase public understanding of Washington's role and impact in the national suffrage movement
  • Increase public understanding of where Washington State is today in terms of gender equality
  • Increase public understanding of long-term effects of the suffrage movement in empowering and advancing women in society
The ideas are endless! What's yours? Tell us how you'd like to honor the centennial and apply for a grant here: