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Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Minnesota's ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which expanded voting rights for women.
Sunday, September 8, 2019 – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Minnesota State Capitol & the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Memorial
Free and open to the public!
Special programs, performances and activities for the whole family! See schedule below.
Photo of Female Elected Officials
Are you a past or present female elected official? If so, we would love to include you in a special photo on the Capitol steps!
Volunteer to Help at the Event
Volunteers will help give directions, assist civic engagement fair vendors with set up and take down, and staff the hospitality tent.
Join us to celebrate this Centennial event in Minnesota history and learn more about the women and men who made it happen, and how your voice still matters today in shaping an inclusive democracy.
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Noon to 5:00 PM
Noon to 5:00 PM
Noon to 5:00 pm
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Capitol Grounds
Civic Engagement Fair and voter registration on the front lawn of the Capitol. Organizations and vendors confirmed so far include:
We Count Minnesota (Minnesota Council on Foundations/State Demographer)
Activities at the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Memorial (located at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Cedar Street)
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Capitol Rotunda
View the suffrage history exhibit "A Century of Civic Engagement: The League of Women Voters Minnesota"
1:00 PM – Capitol Steps
Special photo taken of past and current female elected officials
1:30 PM – Capitol Rotunda
Commemorative program. Featured speakers and guests:
MN Secretary of State Steve Simon
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison
MN Auditor Julie Blaha
MN Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea
MN Senator Carla J. Nelson
MN Senator Sandy Pappas
MN Representative Anne Neu
MN Representative Dean Urdahl
MN Representative Samantha Vang
Former MN Secretary of State Joan Growe
Josie R. Johnson
Plus, a special performance from the University of Minnesota Marching Band!
2:30 PM – Minnesota Woman Suffrage Memorial
Suffrage parade and dedication ceremony:
Special performance from the Robbinsdale Cooper Marching Band
Girl Scouts Flag Ceremony
Tree Planting and Dedication Ceremony
"Bring the Memorial Alive" Presentation to remember the women on the Memorial
Special tribute to author and historian Barbara Stuhler
Minnesota Suffragists Rally Pop-Up Play (at 12:30 and 4:15pm)
Capitol Transit & Parking Map
On June 4, 1919, the U.S. Congress finally approved the Woman Suffrage Amendment as the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and sent it to the states for ratification. Minnesota became the 15th state to vote YES to ratify on September 8, 1919, during a special session of the State Legislature.
While some saw this moment as the end of a long 72-year fight, Minnesota Suffragist Clara Ueland noted that it was actually just the beginning, as she said, "Today is the commencement rather than the end of our work." Indeed, the 19th Amendment did not provide access to the ballot for all women. Most notably, Native Americans were not enfranchised until 1924, and most people of color couldn't exercise their right to vote until the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The work to expand and defend voting rights continues today, inspired by the activists, advocates and suffragists who paved the way forward.
Download and use these resources to help spread the word about the event! You may also use the splash/header at the top of this page (right-click and download to your computer).
Poster - 11 x 17
Includes planning partner logos along the bottom (not visible in graphic above).
Social Media Graphic
For use on social media platforms. You can also use this to send/announce the event to an email list.