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Last updated: 9/10/19

Greater Boston Women’s Vote Centennial

We’re elevating Suffrage Centennial celebration events taking place throughout Greater Boston through 2020.

Thanks to everyone who attended and participated at the Suffrage Centennial Kickoff Celebration at Faneuil Hall! You can see photos and videos from the event below.

We were glad so many folks came out to celebrate Massachusetts becoming the eighth state to ratify the 19th Amendment on June 25, 1919. Even the Zakim Bridge was lit in suffrage colors to mark the centennial! Thanks again to the speakers, performers, emcee Shirley Leung, and all who helped make it a success.

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Upcoming events

Upcoming events
Saturday, September 21, at 3:30 p.m.

'Can They Do It? Divisions on the Road to the 19th Amendment'
Mass. Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02215
This panel discussion looks at the divisions in the suffrage movement. The talk will also discuss how other social movements have struggled with diversity, with multiple viewpoints. Free with RSVP.  

Saturday, September 28, at 1:30 p.m.

'Votes for Women Talk with Barbara Berenson'
Hyde Park branch of the Boston Public Library
35 Harvard Ave., Hyde Park MA 02136

The author of "Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement" will present a talk. Free and open to the public.

Project background

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 is guided by its core belief that women’s voices strengthen our democracy and enrich our culture.

What we're doing

Over the course of this effort, we will produce a speaker series on topics related to:

  • Suffrage and women’s rights
  • the women’s movement, and
  • the work that still needs to be done.

In mid-June, we will offer a grant program for nonprofits wishing to produce Suffrage-related programs. This page will serve as a hub for Suffrage opportunities, resources, and information.

Grants for nonprofits

Grants are available to nonprofits looking to produce Women's Suffrage programming. These grants are possible thanks to our project's funder, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation.

You can view the grant application and submission eligibility below:

Grant application

Our vision is a vibrant celebration including a number of projects designed to encourage civic engagement and link the history of the suffrage movement to the urgent social issues of today. We seek to elevate organizations doing work to create a racially, ethnically, and geographically diverse centennial celebration reflective of the Greater Boston community.

Barbara Lee Family Foundation