On July 17, 1915, “Suffrage Blue Bird Day,” approximately 100,000 colorful, tin 12” x 4” Blue Birds were pinned up around the state in an effort to promote passage of an upcoming Nov. 2, 1915 referendum that would have expanded the vote (federal, state and local elections) to women. Unfortunately, the Massachusetts referendum failed, and Massachusetts women did not gain the vote until the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution was ratified in 1920.
Let’s chalk the sidewalks and plaster social media with Blue Birds and remember the suffragists! This is a great activity for all ages!
*Please see the caption below the bluebird in this National Park Service article about July 17 vs. July 19.