Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment
The year 2020 marks the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. Early American suffragists spent years, even entire lifetimes, campaigning for the right to vote.
The US suffrage movement formally began in 1848 with the Seneca Falls convention, just five years before Grier School was born. Activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha Wright, Mary Ann McClintock, and Jane Hunt organized the convention. After decades of campaigns, protests, demonstrations, the right to vote finally came when US Congress passed the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920, which stated, “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
The Women's Vote Centennial Initiative, a collaboration of women-centered institutions, organizations, and scholars from across the US, works to ensure that this anniversary, and the fight to achieve it, are commemorated and celebrated throughout the United States. The WVCI’s website is filled with activities, information, and images to help us explore this pivotal movement in American history and step towards equal rights. https://www.2020centennial.org/
At Grier, Bridge Club advisor and AP US History teacher Mrs. Salyards has been helping us stay informed about voting. In her latest memo, she points out that the PA primary election has been postponed to June 2nd and that everyone can vote by mail after applying for the mail-in ballot by 5pm on May 26.
For Grier students who will be 18 or older by the next election, she suggests visiting HeadCount.org and selecting their state for more information. Mrs. Salyards enthusiastically adds that students should feel free to contact her if they have any questions about this process.
If you can legally vote in the there is no better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment than by casting your vote in the next election.