WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY, AUGUST 26

Dangerous Women Honor Suffrage Centennial with Video

Top Photo - Cast of Dangerous Women, photo by Erin Joy Nash Middle Photo - Mandi Wickline as Alice Paul, photo by Erin Joy Nash Bottom photo - Photo from the Library of Congress Suffragettes campaigning for women's right to vote.
Dangerous Women, an artists collaborative based in the Wenatchee Valley has created a short video to honor the 100 year anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the United States.  The video was broadcast as a preamble to Mayor Carl Florea’s proclamation on National Women’s Equality Day, Wed, Aug 26. Featuring six women playing historic characters, the video offers a glimpse into Dangerous Women’s 2020 production, Victorious 2020. Actors include Carolyn Wilson playing Esther Hobart Morris, Emily Abbott as Inez Milholland, Susan Butruille as Susan B Anthony, Momi Palmieri as Queen Liliuokalani, Becky Fishburn as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Rhona Baron, Creative Director and writer. 
Dangerous Women, sponsored by the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, stages an original production biennially at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. Performers have included singers, musicians, poets, painters, dancers, actors, writers and a giant puppet maker. The work of Dangerous Women, including the new video, can be found on their Facebook page at facebook.com/DangerZone98826/ 
 
One hundred years ago on August 26, 1920, the U.S. Secretary of State certified the Susan B. Anthony (19th) Amendment to the Constitution, granting voting rights to women across the country. It was a quiet occasion in our nation’s Capitol, in contrast to the near-riot a week before in Nashville, where the Tennessee legislature was debating ratification of the amendment, the last of the 36 states required to ratify. 
When it seemed to exhausted suffragists that all was lost, Harry Burn, the youngest legislator, stood up, holding a note from his mother urging him to vote yes. And he did. According to legend, that’s when anti-suffrage legislators chased Harry out of the chambers, forcing him to hide. But Harry emerged, intact and unapologetic. Women had won the vote.
 
Women convening in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848 had made the first formal demand for the right to vote, inspired by the relative freedom and power claimed by women of the nearby Iroquois nations. Seventy-two years of pleas, cajoling, petitions, organizing, lobbying, pickets, hunger strikes, parades, and countless setbacks led to that moment when votes for women became reality in Washington, D.C.
Congress established Women’s Equality Day in 1983 after outspoken New York Congresswoman Bella Abzug put on her trademark big hat and proposed August 26 as the day to recognize passage of the 19th Amendment. The day would call attention to women’s continued efforts for full equality.
And now, public officials from mayors to governors to the President issue Proclamations to mark August 26, Women’s Equality Day. Leavenworth Mayor Carl Florea read his proclamation at the August 26th in his weekly Mayor’s talk after a video provided by the women’s performance collaborative Dangerous Women. 
 
Women’s Equality Day Proclamation
 
I, Mayor Carl Florea, proclaim and honor the 100th Anniversary of the certification and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave women the right to vote:
Whereas, the bold, courageous and powerful women who fought for ratification deserve special recognition and celebration within the greater Leavenworth area, especially on August 26th, Women’s Equality Day; and
Whereas, Washington holds a special place in women’s suffrage history as Washington women gained the right to vote with an amendment to the State’s constitution in 1910 – a decade before women voted nationally; and
Whereas, Washington was 35th state to ratify the 19th Amendment in March, 1920; and
Whereas, Today women are active in local, state and national government and are running for office in unprecedented numbers, reminding us that we all follow in the footsteps of these resolute American suffragists: and
Whereas, the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution has played an important role in advancing the rights of all women;
Therefore, be it resolved by myself, Mayor of Leavenworth, as well as the City Council of Leavenworth, that it is hereby recommended that residents and civic institutions celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, and that we honor the role of the 19th Amendment to further promote the core values of our democracy as promised by the Constitution of the United States; and 
That we reaffirm the opportunity for students and adults to learn about and commemorate the efforts of the women's suffrage movement and the role of women in our democracy; and
That we reaffirm our desire to continue strengthening democratic participation, and to inspire future generations to cherish and preserve the historic precedent of voting rights for all;
We so proclaim on this day August 26, 2020, the centennial of women winning the right to vote.
Even after passage of the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, not all women — and men — in the United States could vote. It would be more than three decades before people of American Indian, Asian, African American, and Latino-American heritage could legally vote as full citizens. Obstacles to universal voting rights and practices remain today.
 
Many activities, celebrations and exhibitions planned for 2020 have been modified, or postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Dangerous Women’s live, 2020 production, Victorious 2020 is one of the causalities. Slated for November 20 and 21, Victorious 2020 may present in a video format, or postpone until 2021.
  
Yet many events are still happening, and Covid-19 has inspired innovation, primarily online. Here are just a few resources, including podcasts, films, exhibits, memorials and other resources now available to learn more and celebrate the Suffrage Centennial.
 
— Washington State Historical Society. Washington Women Led the Way. suffrage100wa.com
 — National Women’s History Alliance. nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org
— Women’s Vote Centennial Commission. womensvote100.org
— 2020 Centennial. 2020centennial.org
— Women’s Rights National Historical Park. nps.gov
— American Journalism’s Suffrage and the Media suffrageandthemedia.org
— Unladylike2020 films. unladylike2020.com
— National Women’s Hall of Fame. https://www.womenofthehall.org
 

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