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Greater Boston Women’s Vote Centennial

We’re honoring the work of those who fought for women's right to vote by calling for increased civic engagement throughout Greater Boston in 2020.

The Greater Boston Women’s Vote Centennial is a special project within Women’s Advancement. We’re commemorating 100 years since Massachusetts became the eighth state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 19th Amendment enabled women to vote in federal and state elections. We hope Bostonians will learn about the activism and hard work it took to win recognition for the right to vote. We want to inspire you to take part in our democracy fully.

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Call for art!

We're seeking original posters inspired by the Women's Suffrage and Equal Rights movements for the "Women’s Voices, One Hundred Years and Counting,” exhibition in March 2020.

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About the project

The Greater Boston Women's Vote Centennial is a special project within the Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement. We're kicking off a year of commemorations celebrating 100 years since the 19th Amendment was adopted in 1920, enabling women to vote.

Barbara Lee Family Foundation

This special project is made possible with funding by the Barbara Lee Family Foundation. The foundation's core belief is that women’s voices strengthen our democracy and enrich our culture.

Barbara Lee Family Foundation Grant recipients
  1. In spring 2020, Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program in Chinatown will perform compositions by Soon Hee Newbold. The program is made up of 10- and 11-year-old Boston Public School students. They will perform both at the Massachusetts State House and at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School’s Coffee Hour Concert Series. City Councilor Michelle Wu, Boston’s first Asian-American woman elected to office, will also speak to the students about women’s suffrage.
  2. Brockton Public Library will host a 10-month project called, “The Vote - Exploring Voting Rights in America." The library will partner with many City organizations, including Brockton Public Schools. They plan to offer engaging activities, panels, book discussions, events, and more. The project will take place in 2020.
  3. The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus will run a four-part program in 2020. The program focuses on education of and engagement with high school and college-age young women, with a focus on women of color. It includes a HERstory social media campaign, voter registration, workshops, and more.
  4. The UMass Boston's Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy will work on a project with the Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition. The center will host a spring 2020 forum called, “Profiles in Leadership: Women of Color Elected to Office in Massachusetts.” The forum will engage former and current elected women of color and those running for office, advocates, and scholars. The goal is to encourage engagement among underrepresented communities.

Check back to learn more about their programs as they develop.