League of Women Voters-Wichita Metro
90th Anniversary Celebration of the
19th Amendment - Women Vote!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wichita State University Metroplex
29th and Oliver
Free! Open to the Public
Doors Open 6:30 pm, 20 Displays in Lobby
Program 7:00-8:30 pm
Live Patriotic Music - ARISE Women
Suffrage Grand March
(All women and men in 1920’s costumes can participate)
Proclamation read by Mayor Carl Brewer
Lavonta Williams: City Council Sylvia Bribiesca Penner: Attorney
` Lily Wu: WSU Gore Scholar Felicia Rolfe: KWCH News Anchor
Linda Weir-Enegren, Founder, Rainbows United and Roots and Wings
Rev. Dr. M Catherine Northrup, J.D., First Presbyterian Church, Senior Pastor
Nola Foulston, Sedgwick County District Attorney
Finale: State of Kansas LWV President, Ernestine Krehbiel
Bring your daughters, granddaughters, friends and neighbors
to honor those brave early women suffragists.
History of the 19th Amendment:
It took 72 years, hunger strikes, incarcerations, parades and demonstrations, but finally, in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution passed, giving women full voting rights.
Beginning with the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention of 1848, the suffrage movement gained supporters and opponents for the rest of the 19th century and on into the 20th century. In 1913, suffragists organized a march on the White House on the eve of Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration in Washington , D.C. More than 8,000 women took part in the march.
From 1913 to 1917, the suffragists’ martyr status grew as many were jailed and mistreated for picketing on the public sidewalk in front of the White House. Finally, women working for the war effort and popular sentiment turning,
President Wilson threw his support to the idea of women having the vote. The rest is congressional history.
More information: www.lwvwichita.org or call 316-304-6458
Print the attached flyer and give to your friends and co-workers