Centennial Celebration:
Looking Back, Moving Forward

August, 1920: Women cheer Alice Paul at the original headquarters of the National Women’s Party, following the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Stars on the banner represent each of the states that had ratified the Amendment.

August, 1920: Women cheer Alice Paul at the original headquarters of the National Women’s Party, following the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Stars on the banner represent each of the states that had ratified the Amendment.


Mission: Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

For 100 years, the League of Women Voters® has continued the legacy of the women’s suffrage movement, advocating for voting rights and civil rights, registering voters, and advocating for issues of community significance. In 2020, we look back and celebrate our first 100 years as we prepare to face new challenges and opportunities in the next 100.

I’m proud to be part of the team planning our Centennial Celebration and grateful to all our members whose enthusiasm promises to make the celebration successful. It’s a perfect time to celebrate the League’s work and the 19th Amendment underlies the founding purpose of the League – to help women become informed voters.
— Jill Bernstein

Centennial Celebration in Brief

The LWV of Bellingham/Whatcom County joins in celebrations across the country to honor the women and men who fought for women’s suffrage and voting rights and to shine a bright light on the League’s work. We will offer a variety of activities to connect with different ages and interests in our community and celebrate 100 years since women won the right to vote.

Join us to Celebrate – Educate – Advocate

  • February 14, 2020 – Gala Celebration for the League’s 100th Anniversary at the Whatcom Museum that will coincide with the opening of a special exhibit commemorating women’s suffrage and leaders who have served our state.

  • February 27, 2020 – Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote discusses her book and research at WWU Performing Arts Center beginning at 6:30 pm.

  • January - December 2020 – Weekly feature articles about “Women Who Matter” in Whatcom County will be published in the Cascadia Weekly.

  • December - May 2020 – High School Student Creative Art & Writing Project in Whatcom County schools with award scholarships contributed by AAUW.

  • March - June 2020 – “Toward a More Perfect Democracy”: monthly presentations focusing on the continued struggle for suffrage, voice, and equal representation by those who were left out of the 19th Amendment. The series is co-sponsored by the Whatcom Museum and the Ralph Munro Institute of Civic Education.

  • June - August 2020 – Children’s summer reading program at the Bellingham Public Library will focus on suffrage and voting rights.

  • June 9, 2020 – “Salute to our Foremothers”: an evening with song and storytelling about Washington State heroines of the suffrage movement

  • July 3-5, 2020 – In collaboration with the League of Women Voters, the Bellingham Festival of Music will present two special concerts to mark the passage of the 19th Amendment. The Centennial Celebration Concerts are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • August 22, 2020 – Community celebration at Maritime Park will mark Women’s Equality Day & the passage of the 19th Amendment.


Centennial Calendar

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Our exclusive Centennial Calendar commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the League of Women Voters® and the 100 year anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Designed and developed by local artist Mira Kamada, the Centennial Calendar includes dates of significance to women’s suffrage in addition to honoring many of the men and women who fought for voting rights and civil rights. Calendars are perfect holiday gifts and your purchase supports our celebration.


Opening Gala

A Gala Celebration for the League’s 100th Anniversary will be held on February 14, 2020 at the Whatcom Museum in the evening. Our featured speaker will be Washington Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud. Former Secretary of State Ralph Munro will be honored, and current Secretary of State Kim Wyman will help us celebrate Mr Munro’s role in protecting each citizen’s access to the ballot and tireless support of civic education.

Guests will preview the opening of a special Whatcom Museum exhibit commemorating women’s suffrage and honoring women who have served our state.  


Author Event

Start reading this excellent account of the fight for the vote. Buy your copy from Village Books today and share the book with your friends.

February 27, 2020 – Join us for a special event featuring Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, at the Main Stage of the Performing Arts Center at Western Washington University at 6:30 pm.

A reception with the author will follow her presentation. The Woman’s Hour not only recounts how women won the vote, but also shows how the core themes of American history – race, class, money, gender, state’s rights, power, and democracy all came into play in Nashville, Tennessee, during the summer of 1920. Published in 2018, the book will be developed into a television production by Steven Spielberg with Hillary Rodham Clinton as Executive Producer.

This event is co-sponsored by the Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education and Village Books, with support from the Washington State Historical Society and Washington State Women’s Commission’s Votes for Women Centennial Grant. Convenient, free parking is available.


Thank you to the many supporters of the 2020 Celebration!

 

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