In this issue, we’re excited to highlight all of the amazing work that our Partners did to commemorate the 19th Amendment. We’re also proud to unveil our new partnership with the Safe Elections Network and our upcoming Get Out The Vote Town Hall on October 1st at 5:30pm. We’re also excited to announce our new program, “The 100 Classrooms Initiative,” which is focused on inspiring college students to VOTE!
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In this issue, we are excited to highlight one of our amazing partners, The Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition, and their continued fight to ensure that women of color are included in every conversation, board room, and at the polls.
We are also pleased to unveil more details of our virtual August 26th event to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment. Our event, which is now digital due to COVID, will be an engaging compilation of videos with speakers including Governor Charlie Baker, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. You won’t want to miss it!
In this Pride month edition of The Suffragist, we’re pleased to highlight the contributions of Marie Equi of New Bedford and as June is also Caribbean Heritage Month, we have also included a link to the wonderful work of Caribbean suffragists below.
We are also pleased to highlight the fantastic work of the New Bedford Lighting the Way Project. The museum, in collaboration with their strong, diverse, community-driven steering committee has elevated the stories of the women of the South Coastthrough high-quality programs (including their commemoration of the 19th Amendment) and impactful partnerships with community groups, schools, and even the National Park Service — as highlighted in SouthCoast Today!
This edition also includes important updates around Women’s Equality Day on August 26th and our statewide centennial commemoration and offers shareable content you can reuse about voter registration.
In this edition of The Suffragist: the Suffrage100MA Newsletter, we’re delighted to highlight Asian Pacific American Heritage Month along with a social media posting, and to feature the great work of the Women’s Right-to-Vote Coalition of Newton.
This March 2020 Newsletter highlights the Randolph Women’s Suffrage Coalition and our own Suffrage100MA Vice President, Katrina Huff-Larmond, who is also a Randolph Town Councilor and member of the Randolph Women’s Suffrage Coalition. We are excited to share some great ideas from the Randolph Women’s Suffrage Coalition’s successful local collaborative efforts. We hope it inspires you to think about what you can do to elevate the important stories of the suffragists — stories that aren’t told often enough.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, our work to honor the suffragist’s legacy and our commitment to voting is more important than ever. In the last week, voting has been interrupted in seven states: Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland and Ohio. Those states have had to postpone their presidential primary elections due to the Coronavirus and more news is coming out every hour.
In Massachusetts, four special primary elections are scheduled to take place on March 31st. We urge you to read the release by Suffrage100MA Partner MassVOTE regarding its support of efforts by Senate President Spilka, House Speaker DeLeo, and town and city clerks to postpone those elections due to the dangers posed by COVID-19.
This is a crisis none of us have experienced in our lifetimes, and the months ahead will be difficult. We are incredibly grateful to have been able to travel around the Commonwealth participating in forty-six suffrage centennial events sponsored by our Partners and others this year already!
As we get closer to the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, anticipation and excitement are building as more and more organizations across the Commonwealth are hosting activities that highlight the indefatigable women – and men – who often risked much to obtain the right to vote for women. We are honored to be working with local and national organizations to share the powerful and inspiring stories of the suffragists.
February is Black History Month and the history of the intersection of gender and race in the women’s suffrage movement was difficult and complicated. Check out insightful suffrage-related Black History Month resources and learn about our special upcoming event, “I Want to Go to Jail” in this edition of our newsletter!
Election Day is tomorrow! If you haven’t already voted, be sure to vote tomorrow. The Massachusetts polls will be open from 7am-8pm. Information on where to vote, what’s on your ballot, and the LWV Massachusetts Voters’ Guide is available on our website. Learn more and check out highlights from our 2018 Women’s Equality Day commemoration at the Swan Boats in this edition of our newsletter.
The next two years will bring many major milestones commemorating the final push to pass and then ratify the 19th Amendment. We hope that you will join us in this compelling, and often exhilarating, journey as we commemorate and learn more about the indefatigable women – and men! – who often risked much to obtain the right to vote for women. We are excited to be working with local and national organizations to share the fascinating and inspiring story of the suffragists!