What can you do to Celebrate Women's Right to Vote?
Identify active women in your community, past and present and find a way to honor them at a city council or other public meeting. The right to vote happened because women worked together for change.
Register to vote and encourage others to vote. Protect the hard-fought victory. Find out if local high schools have information about voter registration for 18 year olds or help them celebrate their new voting status. For information about voter registration and elections in Washington see the Secretary of State's Election and Voting page.
Host the traveling suffrage exhibit, Equal Rights for Washington Women, or see where it is on display. Visit the Washington State Historical Society's Traveling Exhibit Services for more information.
This marker was placed at the Old Capitol in 2009 in Olympia by the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, Washington State Society, and was the project of Carole Rambo Holt, State Regent (seated with flowers).
Mark historic sites in your community related to suffrage or women’s history. Visit the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation website.
If you are really ambitious, climb a mountain and put a Votes for Women flag at the summit (with permission).
Plant a rhododendron in your community in honor of suffrage. Although women couldn’t vote except in school elections in the 1890s, they did vote for the state flower and chose the rhododendron. Briggs Nursery in Olympia has developed a special rhododendron in honor of women’s suffrage centennial “Emma and May” Rhododendron—contact your local nursery for more information.
Learn how to preserve women’s history materials. For advice see Preserving Memories: Caring for Your Heritage.
Consider donating women’s history collection to one of WHC Partners or your local museum and library. If you belong to a women’s organization, find out where the records are and make sure they are not lost.
Find out what role women played in your community, school, church, business, club or agency and prepare a display or record their history through an interview. See the The Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide
Consider creating or preserving local cookbooks since suffragists published their own cookbook as part of the suffrage campaign. See if your great-grandmother provided a recipe or prepared a dish from the Washington Women’s Cook Book, published as part of the suffrage campaign.
Attend a high school or college sporting event for girls to celebrate women’s sports equity through Title IX.
Hold a vintage fashion show or tea featuring 1910 clothes and foods. Donate proceeds to voter education or registration efforts. Download some ideas for a Pink Tea.
Host a program or speaker. The following are some ideas for programs:
Susan Butruille offers women’s history presentations
Browse performers listed with the National Women’s History Project
Celebrate women artists in your community or create a readers’ theater or musicale based on period music or suffrage speeches
Go on a bicycle ride—Susan B. Anthony said that Anthony said it “did more to emancipate women than anything in the world.”
Make a placard: Become part of a “Poster Brigade” and put up posters in your school or club. Take a look at some historic placards below.
Interview your mother, grandmother, aunts, or neighbors about why it is important to vote.
Ask your county auditor about programs for kids to learn about voting. See Elections and Voting Curriculum from the Secretary of State's office.
Create a five-star flag or banner to celebrate Washington as the Five Star suffrage state.
Votes for Women pennant.
Using the WHC website, create a collage of suffrage materials digitally and download to make a poster or scrapbook.
Make a Votes for Women ribbon or sash or pennant