“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
— 19th Amendment to the US Constitution
In 1920, the 19th amendment was enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote. As we celebrate the centennial of this landmark, let’s honor the extraordinary women who led the struggle to secure this right, let’s raise the voices of the women who were left behind, and let’s inspire the next generation to take up the cause for women’s rights not yet won.
Who We Are
We are the Fox Valley 19th Amendment Centennial Coalition, a collaborative effort of women from women-run associations, organizations and clubs, all aligned in our desire to celebrate, educate and advocate women’s rights.
Our group represents the League of Women Voters of Appleton, Northeast Wisconsin Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region, American Association of University Women–Appleton, Mid-Day Women’s Alliance and more.
What are we doing?
The Fox Valley 19th Amendment Centennial Coalition is sponsoring a year-long series of nonpartisan events throughout 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, with the goal of women's empowerment.
“The best protection any woman can have is…courage.”
— Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Why is this initiative important to us?
People underestimate the important role of women in democracy, as well as the power of each vote.
While a representative democracy depends on everyone voting, the strength of our democracy depends on exercising an informed vote.
Community groups and organizations, area schools and local businesses are invited to take advantage of additional outreach opportunities developed by Fox Valley 19th Amendment Centennial Coalition.
A Speaker’s Bureau is available to speak to local groups of any size or age about the history of the women’s suffrage movement. A Traveling Exhibit that tells the story of women’s suffrage and the history of suffrage in Wisconsin is available for limited display at locations throughout the Fox Valley. Educational Toolkits with age-appropriate materials about the women’s suffrage movement and the importance of the right to vote for both the elementary and secondary students is also available.