Women’s Suffrage / Nineteenth Amendment 99th Anniversary Walk - Save the Date & Call for Speakers
August 18 is the 99th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution (8-18-1920), where after a long struggle, women were no longer denied the right to vote!
To honor this historic event, the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture has scheduled a FREE historical walk at 10:00 am Sunday, August 18, 2019 (with a second walk and related events possible for either Saturday, August 17 and/or Sunday, August 18). The tentative route of the walk will be from the White House / Lafayette Square (Pennsylvania Ave NW & 16th Street NW) to the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument (144 Constitution Ave NE) - a distance of approximately two miles.
During our walk we’ll provide information on the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the Nineteenth Amendment.
Afterwards you may enjoy viewing the exhibits at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equity National Monument.
Please note, this is a history-focused, non-partisan program, and all are welcome to attend.
Additional details to follow as we get closer to August 18. Your RSVP will allow you to stay informed of event updates via email and you can follow the discussion with Washington, DC History & Culture on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DCHistoryAndCulture/
Also, if you have strong knowledge of the Women’s Suffrage Movement or the Nineteenth Amendment and would like to speak briefly at our program please contact us: cmtlbGxlbWFuIHwgeWFob28gISBjb20=
Depending on how many people attend this event our program may vary from being a moderately-sized guided walking “tour” to more of a “historical walk.” There is no maximum number of attendees and we will be presenting information via microphone, visual aids, handouts, etc. to the best of our abilities. However, depending on the size of the group, which (based on similar programs we’ve organized) may exceed 50-100+ people, there may be challenges for some people seeing and hearing all of the material. We would rather do our best to overcome these challenges than turn anyone away.
Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
The Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. The amendment was adopted on August 18, 1920, as the culmination of the women's suffrage movement in the United States, which fought at both state and national levels to achieve the vote. It effectively overruled Minor v. Happersett (1875), in which a unanimous Supreme Court ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment did not give women the right to vote. Since the 1860s, an increasing number of states had given women the right to vote, but several states still denied women the right to vote at the time the amendment was ratified.
The Nineteenth Amendment was originally introduced in Congress in 1878 by Senator Aaron A. Sargent. Forty-one years later, in 1919, Congress submitted it to the states for ratification. It was ratified by three-fourths of the states a year later, with Tennessee's ratification being the last needed to add the amendment to the Constitution. In Leser v. Garnett (1922), the Supreme Court rejected claims that the amendment was unconstitutionally adopted.
Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument
Leading the March for Women's Equality
Home to the National Woman's Party for nearly 90 years, this was the epicenter of the struggle for women's rights. From this house in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court, Alice Paul and the NWP developed innovative strategies and tactics to advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment and equality for women. President Barack Obama designated the national monument on April 12, 2016.
This program is presented by the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture:
“bringing people together to experience the history and culture of Washington, DC.”
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Washington, DC History & Culture
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