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Event Details

Minnesota Women’s Suffrage Day

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Minnesota's ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which expanded voting rights for women.

When:
Sunday, September 8, 2019 – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Where:
Minnesota State Capitol & the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Memorial

Cost:
Free and open to the public!

What:
Special programs, performances and activities for the whole family!

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.


Schedule

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Capitol Grounds

  • Food trucks

  • Civic Engagement Fair on the grounds of the Capitol

  • 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 traveling exhibit "A Century of Civic Engagement: The League of Women Voters Minnesota"

1:00 PM – Capitol Steps

Special photo of all past and current female elected officials

1:30 PM – Capitol Rotunda

Commemorative program

2:30 PM – Minnesota Woman Suffrage Memorial

Suffrage parade and dedication ceremony


History

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.