Join the Celebration!
Activities will focus on educating voters about the importance of voting, increasing voter participation including voter registration, encouraging people to take an active role in the decision-making public policy process where their voices and votes count.
Votes for Women: Suffrage and the 19th Amendment Centennial
Tue., Sept. 24, 2019 | 7 pm | Dole Institute, Lawrence, KS
One hundred years have not yet passed since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted many — but not all — U.S. women the right to vote. Passed by the House and Senate in 1919 and reaching the threshold to become law of the land in 1920, it enfranchised 26 million women voters. In this 100th-anniversary kickoff event, a panel featuring professors Jinx Broussard (Louisiana State University), Teri Finneman (KU) and Candi Carter Olson (Utah State University) will examine the women’s suffrage movement and the legacy and limitations of this transformative amendment. This program is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Kansas and its Centennial Celebration Committee.
This program is free and open to the public. No ticket is required. More info on the Dole Institute website.
Locations throughout Kansas added regularly!
|Aug. 22, 2019||Topeka||Women of Influence||Hilton Garden Inn||5:30-7:30 p.m.|
|Aug. 24, 2019||Wichita||Centennial Luncheon||WSU Hughes Metroplex||12 p.m. – 3 p.m.||Facebook Event page|
|Aug. 25-Sept. 5||Wichita||Exhibit Showing||WSU Rhatigan Student Center, Ste. 208|
|Sept. 8-24, 2019||Lawrence||Exhibit Showing||Watkins Museum||T,W,F,Sa: 10-4
|Sept. 11 Exhibit Opening Info|
|Sept. 24, 2019||Lawrence||Dole Institute||7-9 p.m.||KU Suffrage Events|
|Sept. 25-29, 2019||Salina||Exhibit Showing||Smoky Hill Museum||Tu-Sat|
|Sept. 28, 2019||Salina||Smoky Hill Museum Street Fair||Smoky Hill Museum|
|Sept. 30-Oct. 5||Lincoln||Exhibit Showing||Lincoln County Historical Society||W-Sat: 1-4 p.m.|
|Oct. 6-11, 2019||Salina||Exhibit Showing||Salina Public Library; Kansas Wesleyan Union|
|Oct. 11-12, 2019||Salina||NAACP State Convention||St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, 215 S. Chicago||Kansas NAACP website|
For more info on the stories told in our traveling exhibit, click on the links below. The links correspond to the QR codes on the exhibit panels.
- Moneka Women’s Rights Association
- Mamie Dillard
- Clarina Nichols
- Haudenosaunee Women
- Lilla Day Monroe
- Harry T. Burn
- Racism and the Suffrage Movement
- Carrie Langston Hughes
- Alice Paul
- Kansas Voting Stats
- Susanna Salter
- Do you know these women?
Exhibit at the Kansas State Fair
Sep. 11-20, 2020 | Hutchinson, Kansas
Components of the traveling exhibit will be displayed at the state fair while volunteers staff voter registration tables and provide educational voting information in the booth. Volunteers who staff the booth pay their own expenses for lodging and meals.
Statewide “March to the Polls”
The initial event will be held on August 22–23, 2020, the weekend before Women’s Equality Day, the centennial anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. Activities are planned for Topeka, Overland Park, Kansas City, Wichita, Lawrence, Salina, Hays, Garden City, Liberal, Hutchinson, Leavenworth, Dodge City, Emporia, Pittsburg. Other cities or counties may be added. Marchers will walk from election offices or courthouses into the target neighborhoods—low income, high minority, gatherings of millennials, etc., and hold voter registration rallies and register voters. They will continue to work in these neighborhoods until the November election.
Locally Planned Events
This list will grow as coalition member organizations plan more events.
Mon., Nov. 11, 2019
LWV Emporia: As home of Veterans Day, the Emporia League will don suffrage white and march in the Veterans Day Parade.
Fort Hays State, Hays: Professor Hollie Marquess is spearheading events. They will host 150 area 5th graders and share women’s suffrage history and civic engagement tools.
Tue., Sep 24, 2019
University of Kansas, Lawrence. Dr. Teri Finneman, professor of journalism and suffrage historian, will provide an overview of suffrage history with a panel of historians at the Dole Institute, with LWVK as a cosponsor. All KU events throughout the year are listed here.
Great Bend Public Library will sponsor a presentation by Diane Eickhoff, author of books about Kansas Suffragist Clarina Nichols.
Sat., Feb. 29, 2020
LWV Johnson County will host Rosie Rios, former US Treasurer, with birthday cake reception, on the 100th Anniversary of LWV and 200th birthday of Susan B. Anthony, at Yardley Hall. More information here.
Fri., Jun. 1, 2020
LWV Wichita: Women’s Suffrage March: During Riverfest Parade, costumed participants will march in celebration of 100 years of women’s right to vote.
How to Donate
Please make checks payable to “League of Women Voters of Kansas.” This is the simplest, most direct way to benefit all aspects of the Centennial Celebration. For tax deductible contributions, make checks payable to “League of Women Voters of Kansas Education Fund.” LWVEF will hold money until requested by LWVK.
Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger
Governor Laura Kelly