One hundred years ago, Jeannette Rankin helped pave the way for all of us. In 1916, Rankin made history as the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress.
In 1917, Rankin proposed the formation of a Congressional Committee on Women’s Suffrage, which ultimately called for a constitutional amendment on a woman’s right to vote, with these stirring words: “How shall we answer the challenge, gentlemen? How shall we explain to them the meaning of democracy if the same Congress that voted to make the world safe for democracy refuses to give this small measure of democracy to the women of our country?”
The Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts (WSCC) is dedicated to commemorating the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1920, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Our celebrations and commemorations will begin in 2019 and continue during 2020.
Your donation will help the WSCC accomplish our many goals:
- Plan and carry out women’s suffrage commemoration activities in collaboration with others throughout Massachusetts;
- Provide educational opportunities for all ages to learn the inspiring and dramatic history of women’s suffrage;
- Recognize and celebrate the progress for women’s rights since obtaining the vote in 1920;
- Increase voter participation by motivating voters to appreciate and exercise their right to vote;
- Shine a light on all we still need to do for women to achieve full equality; and
- Showcase opportunities to work with the many wonderful existing women’s rights organizations.
We understand that many organizations ask for your financial support. The WSCC would be honored to have you as one of our donors. The Massachusetts Women’s Bar Foundation is WSCC’s fiscal sponsor; therefore, your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.
As the Suffragists used to say: Onward!
Fredie D. Kay, Esq., President
PS: Check out our “Featured Suffragist” post to learn more about Jeannette Rankin.