Greater Boston Women’s Vote Centennial
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.
2019 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award ceremony
Friday, December 6, at 4 p.m.
Civil rights activist and “Me Too” founder Tarana Burke will receive the award at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Grimke Sisters Bridge dedication
November 16, 2019
Folks both young and old joined in for the celebration at Faneuil Hall. Some mingled with those dressed in Suffrage costume.
Suffrage centennial kickoff celebration
June 25, 2019
We kicked off a year of commemorations celebrating 100 years since the 19th Amendment was adopted.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.