Photo of Female Elected Officials
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Speakers & Guests
Meet the speakers and guests from the special commemorative program.
Video of Commemorative Program
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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.
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. Vendors and organizations include:
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. Meet our featured speakers and guests. 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 12:30pm and 4:15pm)
Find the locations of the day’s activities and organizations, as well as rain-out locations.
Capitol Transit & Parking Map
Parking ramps and lots, bike stations, public transit and accessibility all in one 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.
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Poster - 11 x 17
Includes planning partner logos along the bottom (not visible in graphic above).
Social Media Graphic
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