The Swan Boats in the Boston Public Garden have been the setting for The Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition program for Women’s Equality Day, August 26 for the past several years. The giant swans wear replica “Votes for Women” sashes, as do many of the speakers and attendees.
Suffrage100MA has sponsored events annually since its inception in 2010. The first event was to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2010.
- Celebrations of Women's Equality Day, August 26, at the Swan Boats in the Boston Public Garden
- Film Screenings relevant to suffrage and women's rights
- Forums and Presentations with speakers, authors, or performances
- Marches and Rallies
In 2018 Women’s Equality Day was celebrated at the Swan Boats on August 23. The program included author Barbara Berenson, Judith Kalaora as “Lucy Stone,” and remarks from MassVOTE Executive Director Cheryl Clyburn Crawford. Once again City Hall and the Zakim Bridge were awash with purple for Women’s Equality Day.
The WSCC joined partner organizations for a presentation by Kirstin Downey author of “The Woman Behind the New Deal.” Ms. Downey discussed Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor. April 8, 2018.
The WSCC hosted the opening night screening of “The Divine Order” December 1, 2017. Director Petra Volpe answered questions after the viewing, treating viewers to her unique director’s perspective and insights.
Paving the Way for Tomorrow’s Leaders
A panel discussion with women in positions of leadership inspired tomorrow’s leaders.
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5:30 – 7:45 pm, Worcester Historical Museum
WSCC and the League of Women Voters of Needham hosted author Hannah Kimberley to speak about mountaineer and suffragist Anne Smith Peck, the subject of her recent book “A Woman’s Place Is at the Top.” October 5, 2017.
The Women’s Equality Day celebration at the Swan Boats on August 24, 2017 featured the unveiling of the Women’s Suffrage Panels that are on display at the Commonwealth Museum. Secretary of State William Galvin was the keynote speaker. In honor of Women’s Equality Day, the Zakim Bridge was awash in purple, white and gold, and the “BOSTON” lights of City Hall were purple the night of August 26, 2017.
The Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition (WSCC) and guests attended an advance screening of the feature film “Hidden Figures.” The film was introduced by then Boston City Councilor-at-Large Ayanna Pressley. January 4, 2017.
On August 26, 2016, the Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition and the Boston Mayor’s Office for the Advancement of Women celebrated the 96th anniversary of the 19th Amendment at the Swan Boats. Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg and Massachusetts State Representative Denise Provost were our featured speakers.
In celebration of the 95th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, WSCC hosted a screening of the feature film “Suffragette.” Director Sarah Gavron participated in a question and answer session following the screening. October 22, 2015.