100th Anniversary of the League of Women Voters & the Centennial of the 19th Amendment
Upon ratification of the 19th Amendment, the suffragists’ mission was complete, but millions of formerly disenfranchised women needed to be registered to vote and educated on the political process. In anticipation of this, these same suffragists formed the League of Women Voters in February of 1920. The League of Women Voters of Wake County was founded by the members of the Equal Suffrage Association and held their first meeting on September 27, 1920. Thus, the history of the League is inextricably linked to the suffrage movement. The League is the only prominent national organization with such a direct link to these suffragists.
Throughout 2020, LWV-Wake is sponsoring various events and activities in celebration of the 100th anniversary of our League and in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which recognized women’s right to vote. More events will be added, so check this site occasionally for new information.
September 7, 2019 - “She Changed the World” Kick-Off Event
The League of Women Voters is a co-host for the kick-off event for She Changed the World: NC Women Breaking Barriers on the grounds of the state Capitol. There will be vendors, partner organizations, exhibitors, food trucks, performances, and a voter registration drive. Details at https://bit.ly/2Ys6A5D.
April 22, 2020 - League Lit (Western Wake Group) - The Woman’s Hour
Join fellow LWV-Wake members and their guests for a discussion of The Woman’s Hour: The Fight to Win the Vote which discusses the roots of the women’s movement, the fight for suffrage, and the frenzy of activity in 1919 and 1920 leading to the ratification to the 19th Amendment. Details at https://bit.ly/2lCeGKo.
June 4, 2020 - Summer Social: Birthday Party Theme
Join us for this strictly social event! Our annual Summer Social is a great opportunity to get to know new Leaguers and reconnect with long-time members while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and sipping summer cocktails. Members are welcome to bring friends! This year is our 100th centennial, so we we celebrate LWV-Wake’s birthday! Details at https://bit.ly/2ksiCgn.
July 16, 2020 - League Lit (Raleigh Group) - Gender and Jim Crow
Join fellow LWV-Wake members and their guests for a discussion of Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy. The book explores the pivotal role of black women’s activism during the Jim Crow era that disenfranchised both black men and women. The book includes a discussion of black women’s tenuous relationship with white women on some issues as well as the marginalization of black women in the women’s suffrage movement. Details at https://bit.ly/2lyUOYx.
August 25, 2020 - Women’s Equality Day Reception
This year is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment! Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 granting women the right to vote and is celebrated nationally each year. LWV-Wake hosts an annual Women’s Equality Day reception honoring women elected to public office at the state, county, and municipal levels. This is LWV-Wake’s primary annual fundraising event. Come celebrate our voting rights, meet your elected officials, and help us raise funds to continue the important work of the League! Details at https://bit.ly/2ksg1Ty.
August 2020 (date TBA) - Burning Coal Theatre Production of Celebrating Suffrage: 100 Years Before & 100 Years After
Burning Coal Theatre Company is working to produce a series of short plays written by female playwrights in order to tell the stories of women’s suffrage. This series aims to bring our community together and educate them on the past struggle to gain the vote, as well as the ongoing fight for equality. The production includes ten one-act plays relating to women’s rights and gender equality. The first five will focus on the hundred-year struggle for the right to vote, and the second five will explore the effects and implications post-1920 including the fight for full rights for women of color as well as the ongoing efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. More details to come.
September 24, 2020 - LWV-Wake 100th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
According to a 1920 article in the News & Observer, the first meeting of the League of Women Voters of Wake County took place on September 27, 1920. In commemoration of our 100th anniversary, LWV-Wake hosts this celebratory dinner. All LWV-Wake members are encouraged to attend this special event which will include the following a summary of LWV-Wake history by LWV-Wake President Dianna Wynn, keynote speaker Carolyn Jefferson Jenkins (former LWVUS president), recognition of past LWV-Wake presidents, and a silent auction. Details at https://bit.ly/2kg2ZIZ.
November 12, 2020 - Peacock Alley Tea
During the mid-1920s, the League of Women Voters of Wake County decided to move their meetings to downtown Raleigh to better accommodate working women. For several years LWV-Wake met at the Peacock Alley Tea Room on Fayetteville Street. For our final event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the League, we will have a tea in honor of these early League members. Details at https://bit.ly/2lz1Mwu.