In honor of the August 26, 2020 centennial celebration of women’s suffrage in the United States, NCWHS is leading the effort to develop a National Votes for Women Trail (NVWT).
A committee of the NCWHS, the goal of the NVWT is to document the campaign for women’s suffrage that took place over more than seven decades and was conducted in parlors, churches, town halls, parks, union halls, and other community locations. Suffrage was indeed a national movement, involving rural as well as urban people, African Americans as well as European Americans, rich as well as middle class and working class, men as well as women.
The NVWT intends to both identify the many sites that were integral to the suffrage movement, and make them accessible on a mobile friendly website to be easily searched by location, suffragist, and a variety of other useful criteria. Our ultimate objective is to show how social change occurs, to honor the suffrage movement’s countless participants, and to inspire future generations to treasure their right to vote. The suffragists of our states certainly did their share, now let’s do ours!
In 2020, America will celebrate the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. It took 72 long years from the adoption of the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments in 1848 at the First Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY. We want every state to be an integral part of all the national events, but we need your help and knowledge to make this happen.