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Ayanna Polk of Dorchester was among those who gathered at the Boston Public Garden on Aug. 26 to mark Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the day in 1920 when the 19th Amendment was added to the US Constitution after decades of activism to enfranchise women.
Three suffragists —Ida B. Wells, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Boston-born Radcliffe College alumna Maud Wood Park— were memorialized at the event. Polk helped to unveil a panel that focused on Wells.
Suffrage100MA celebrated Women’s Equality Day at the Boston Public Garden last week to commemorate Aug. 26, 1920 — the day the 19th Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution after more than 70 years of an intense battle to give women the right to vote. The State Department of Transportation illuminated the Zakim, Longfellow, Fore River and Burns Bridges in purple in recognition of the day.
Here are some of the quotes from the event…
State Sen. Joan Lovely (D-Salem) stressed the importance of electing more women to statewide office and the legislature as she helped celebrate the anniversary of women’s suffrage at a Women’s Equality Day event at the Boston Public Gardens alongside Massachusetts Women’s Legislative Caucus co-chair Rep. Pat Haddad and other community members.
During her opening remarks, Suffrage100MA Founder and President Fredie Kay highlighted the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, recently adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives, which she said is a critical piece of legislation that fills the gap left by the U.S. Supreme Court decision gutting previous voting protections…. Kay said it was validating for Suffrage100A to have Lovely and Haddad among those at the Public Gardens event.
“Rep. Haddad, Sen. Lovely and our other distinguished speakers are tireless champions for women and voting rights, and we are honored that they are joining us to commemorate Women’s Equality Day and pay tribute to the legacy of three suffragists, whose voices were critical in passing the 19th Amendment,” she said.
Massachusetts Women’s Legislative Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Pat Haddad and Sen. Joan Lovely joined leaders from the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, the City of Boston’s office of Women’s Advancement, the Massachusetts Voter Table, and members of the community at an event — Voting Access: The Work Continues — hosted by Suffrage100MA to commemorate Women’s Equality Day on Thursday, August 26 at the Boston Public Gardens. Check out quotes and photos of our speakers and video of the full event!
TODAY — Suffrage100MA and Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators Co-Chairs state Rep. Pat Haddad and state Sen. Joan Lovely commemorate Women’s Equality Day at noon at the Boston Public Garden.
Happening Today: 12 p.m. | Mass. Caucus of Women Legislators co-chairs Rep. Patricia Haddad and Sen. Joan Lovely join Suffrage100MA and other voting and women’s rights advocates to commemorate Women’s Equality Day.
Randolph town councilor Katrina Huff-Larmond will speak at the Suffrage 100MA event, along with co-chairs of the Massachusetts Women’s Legislative Caucus, to commemorate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, on Women’s Equality Day, at noon Thursday, Aug 26, near the Swan Boats at Boston Public Garden.
On Thursday, Aug. 26 at 12 p.m. Suffrage100MA, voting and women’s rights advocates, and Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators Co-Chairs Rep. Pat Haddad and Sen. Joan Lovely will gather at the Boston Public Garden to commemorate Women’s Equality Day on the 101st anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Read more for all the details and join us in-person or streaming on Facebook Live!
Suffrage100MA is committed to increasing accessibility to the ballot and inspiring voters to exercise their right to vote by sharing the history of those who fought bravely, sometimes losing their lives, for decades and across centuries, to secure the vote. Let us each recognize the power and importance of voting to express one’s voice.