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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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Suffrage suggested reading list

Special thanks to Eileen Sherman at the Boston Public Library for creating a wonderful reading list on women's suffrage!

Suffrage reading list

Upcoming events

Enterprising Women in Boston: 1862-1914

March 10 at 5 p.m., Brandeis University

Photographer and public historian Susan Wilson traces the origins and development of several of Boston’s most enterprising women.

Author Talk with Allison K. Lange

March 18, at 6 p.m.

Allison Lange’s talk is based on her book, "Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women’s Suffrage Movement".

'Onward: Votes for Women'

March 19 at 6:30 p.m., Boston Public Library, Central Branch (Free with RSVP)

A documentary play to honor the fight for women’s suffrage, written and directed by Lisa Rafferty.

Author talk with historian Barbara Berenson

April 2, at 6 p.m. (Free, open to the public)

Lowell Lecture Series, Boston Public Library, Central Branch

Author talk with Tina Cassidy

April 23, at 7 p.m. (Free, open to the public)

Tina Cassidy who will discuss her new book "Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait?"

Voices of Resilience: The Intersection of Women on the Move

Through April 26, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Voices of Resilience celebrates the intersecting lives of Mass. women and beyond who have changed the course of history.

Road to the Vote

April 28, 7:30 p.m., Loring Greenough House ($10, $5 for members)

A talk with Boston Women's Heritage Trail's Katherine Dibble and Mary Howland Smoyer.

Author Talk: Allison K. Lange

May 20, 6 p.m. at Boston Public Library, Central Branch (Free, open to the public)

Lange will discuss her book, "Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women's Suffrage Movement".

'I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone'

May 26, 7:30 p.m. at the Loring Greenough House ($15, $10 for members)

A historical theatre performance by History At Play

Watch: Mayor's International Women's Day message

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's core belief is that women’s voices strengthen our democracy and enrich our culture.

Suffrage Poster Exhibition

Congratulations to the winners!

  • First Prize: $250 cash, plus image to appear in Dig Boston: Melissa Pandina
  • Second Prize: $150 cash: Ari Hauben
  • Third Prize: Tie - two winners at $50 each: Dara Herman Zierlein and Peter Zierlein

The posters are on display during March at City Hall, third floor.

View online gallery

Barbara Lee Foundation grantees

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.

Grimke Sisters Bridge dedication

Folks both young and old joined in for the celebration at Faneuil Hall on November 16, 2019. Some mingled with those dressed in Suffrage costume.

Bridge dedication event