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 have worked together to support events and programs across the state related to the Women’s Suffrage Centennial. Some of the activities have included:
- Votes for Women Centennial Grant program
- Learn about projects we supported
- Statewide Suffrage Centennial Events Calendar
- Social media platforms
- Download free centennial exhibits and curriculum
- The Votes for Women Centennial Festival at the State Capitol – August 22, 2020 was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pivoting to develop a new celebration, the Historical Society and Washington State Women’s Commission partnered with organizations across the state to create the Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour, a series of eight video episodes at locations across the Evergreen State based on the real-life 1909 Suffrage Special train. Find out more and see the episodes here.
Visit suffrage100wa.com to find out how you can mark this important milestone in American history and celebrate women in your community.
For the 2020 national suffrage centennial, we are proud to offer this 6 panel exhibition as a primer to the suffrage movement.
While looking at the fight for the vote in Washington and across America over the course of 72 years, this exhibition features vignettes of local and national suffragists and highlights the involvement of change makers of color.