Journey to the Vote
|Ida B. Wells||15th Amendment|
The year 2020 marks anniversaries for two Constitutional Amendments. February 3rd, 2020 will mark the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment granting African American men the right to vote. August 18, 2020 will be the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment recognizing women’s right to vote.
In recognition of these anniversaries, several WKU departments and community organizations are working together to offer a variety of programs.
We will highlight various aspects of race, gender and citizenship as we look at the “Journey to the Vote” and participation in American political life through a series of speakers, panels, events, and exhibits. Topics are wide-ranging and include the passage of the 15th Amendment, and the 19th Amendment, as well as the continued disenfranchisement of men and women of color after both Amendments’ ratification.
March 28- Free Book Giveaway* of The Woman's Hour by Elaine Weiss at Warren County Public Library's Main Branch. Books will be given on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. For more information, visit Warren County Public Library.
March 29- Free Book Giveaway* of The Woman's Hour by Elaine Weiss at Warren County Public Library's Bob Kirby Branch. Books will be given on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. For more information, visit Warren County Public Library.
April 11 6-7PM Warren County Public Library's Book Discussion featuring The Woman's Hour, by Elaine Weiss. Discussion led by Holly Hedden. Location: Main Library. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Warren County Public Library.
April 30 7PM Elaine Weiss author of The Woman's Hour. Free public presentation. Swipeable for WKU students. Program made possible by Boyd Lubker Foundation and WKU Sisterhood. Location: Downing Student Union auditorium.
June 4th 2PM Journey to the Vote Kick-Off. Join us, Mayor Wilkerson and the BG City Council for a proclamation signing, remarks, light refreshments and an overview of upcoming programming. June 4th marks the100th anniversary of 19th Amendment's passage by Congress. Thirty-six states would have to ratify the amendment before it would become law. Location: Kentucky Room, KY Museum. More information.
September 16 3:15-4:15PM "Suffrage for All"- Dr. Saundra Ardrey and Tyneshia Carter. Join us for a lively discussion of universal suffrage. Why have so many - poor white men, Black men, women and young people all fought for the right to vote? Has it made a difference? Swipeable for students. Location: KY Museum.
September 24 5-6PM "Put a Woman in Charge" - panel discussion featuring current and former local and state female office holders. Panelists include: Dana Beasley Brown, Melinda Hill, Patti Minter, Patsy Sloan and Elaine Walker. Swipeable for students. Location: KY Museum.
November 14 6:30-7:30PM "Suffrage for All"- Dr. Saundra Ardrey and Tyneshia Carter. Join us for a lively discussion of universal suffrage. Why have so many - poor white men, Black men, women and young people all fought for the right to vote? Has it made a difference. Sponsored by the Warren County Public Library. Location: Parker Bennett Community Center.
February 8 Herstory, a free afternoon of activities for girls in grades 1-8 and their families. Elements include a costume contest, autograph parties with local women, and WKU departments with hands-on activities. Location: KY Building. Time: 12PM-4PM. For more information, visit Herstory@WKU event website.
February 27 4PM Gender Images Film Series--Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice. Presented by Dr. Dorothea Browder, History. Film documents the dramatic life and
turbulent times of the pioneering African American journalist, activist, suffragist
and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period. Location: Cherry Hall
Dr. Saundra Ardrey will lead a Washington, DC, Selma, and Montgomery, AL "Suffrage Trail" based Study Away trip. If you interested, please reach out now to Dr. Ardrey at Saundra.Ardrey@wku.edu. Tentative itinerary.
March TBD. Presentation on leading suffragists in KY, organized by Jonathan Jeffrey, Department of Library Special Collections. Location: KY Building.
March 25 5:30PM Gender Images Film Series--On the Basis of Sex. Presented by Dr. Victoria Gordon, Political Science. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a struggling
attorney and new mother who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for
equal rights. When Ruth takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, attorney
Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way
the courts view gender discrimination.Location: Cherry Hall 125
April 23 5PM Gender Images Film Series--Iron Jaw Angles. Presented by Dr. Patti Minter, History and State Representative. Fiery American suffragette Alice Paul lights a fire under the older women's leaders in Washington DC. President Wilson refuses to give all women the vote, but Paul is prepared to go to prison for her cause. Location: Warren County Public Library Main Branch.
Seat at the Table: Kentucky Women in Office opens at the KY Museum. Poster exhibit featuring 11 women. Location: KY Museum. Date/Time TBD.
Political Bandwagon: Kentucky Women This exhibit will feature artifacts and memorabilia related to women's experiences in the political life of the state: the passage of the 19th Amendment, running for office and more. Location: KY Museum. Date/Time TBD.
July 1 The Department of Library Special Collections will open their exhibit Also Ran. Location: Jackson Gallery of the KY Building. This exhibit runs through December 15, 2020.
August 18 is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the legislation on August 18, 1920.
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15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Primary Documents Library of Congress Research Guides.
The 19th Amendment: A Woman's Right to Vote Video by Annenberg Public Policy Center
2020 Women's Vote Centennial Initiative Comprehensive online source for resources
Between Two Worlds: Black Women & Voting Rights National Park Service.
To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe Episode #3, aired March 22, 2019. At 13:30, interview with Elaine Weiss and discussion
of The Woman's Hour.Click here for audio link only.
Fifteenth Amendment Essay from National Park Service
Passage of the Fifteenth Amendment American Experience PBS
Racism in the Suffrage Movement National Women's History Museum has a variety of online resources covering women's
The Struggle for Women's Suffrage Selected images from the Library of Congress.
Women's Suffrage Leaders Left Out Black Women Article by Evette Dionne.
Women's Suffrage Primary Sources Library of Congress.
19th Amendment Anniversary
Journey to the Vote Kick-Off
Suffrage For All
Put a Woman in Charge