Our Best Tribute is to Finish the Work that They Began
On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was enacted adding one KEY word to the Constitution -that no one could be denied the right to vote on account of sex. Join the WNDC Educational Foundation, the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs and their partners for an online series to recognize this milestone and the continuing struggle to gain suffrage for all women, and look ahead to meet today’s challenges to secure and protect the right to vote for all Americans.
Noted historians discuss the long struggle to gain the vote for women, the political innovations and protest that characterized the woman's suffrage movement, and how racism nearly caused the movement to fail. The speakers will also address how the 19th Amendment was only part of the story. Three other constitutional amendments, multiple state and federal laws, and continuous vigilance were and are needed to ensure the right to vote and access to the polls for all women.
The enactment of the 19th Amendment is a celebrated achievement but less recognized are the organizations formed by suffragists that have carried on fighting for voting rights, educating citizens, and promoting registration and turnout for the next 100 years. In this session, we hear from two prominent historians and honor these extraordinary organizations, learn their lessons and hear their plans for 2020 and beyond.
Participation among young voters ages 18–29 increased in 2018 but youth still have the country's lowest participation rates. In this final session, teachers and activists will describe online and other tools and tactics that they are using to increase youth civic engagement and help youth shape the future of their country – tools that can also be used by activists to reach and engage other under-represented groups.
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