It’s officially been 100 years since the 19th amendment was ratified in the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Although celebrations won’t be done in person because of the coronavirus, there are a number of ways to virtually celebrate this milestone in Montgomery County.
Here’s a look at physical distant-friendly ways of celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage in Montgomery County.
Virtual Events Commemorating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage:
- Aug. 18 at 1 p.m.: Virtual discussion with Patricia Cuff, author of books about Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, two prominent women from the suffrage movement. Cuff has lived in Montgomery Village for 40 years and is a retired high school teacher and college English professor. Watch the discussion on the Benjamin Gaither Center Facebook page.
- Aug. 19 at 7 p.m.: Montgomery County Commission for Women and Montgomery College will virtually celebrate the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote through a streamed discussion that will air on the Commission for Women’s Facebook and Youtube platforms. The discussion features University of Maryland Professor Robyn Muncy (who also serves as guest curator of the National Archives exhibit, “Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote”) and Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard.
- Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.: Montgomery County Public Libraries hosts a virtual discussion featuring presentations from Dr. Ida E. Jones and Rebecca Boggs Roberts. The discussion will be streamed live on MCPL’s Facebook.
- Sept. 11 –Nov. 16: Activity Center at Bohrer Park is opening a “Why I Vote” art exhibit in collaboration with the Women’s Caucus for Art, D.C. Chapter. The exhibit is opening during regular facility hours from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and a virtual exhibit is available online.
- Sept. 22 at 11 a.m.: Dean Robbins reads his book “Miss Paul and the President” for a virtual storytime. The reading will be streamed on the Gaithersburg Community Museum Facebook page.
- Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.: Gaithersburg Community Museum will stream a performance of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, portrayed by Dr. Melinda Grube, on its Facebook page.
- Oct. 4 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Gaithersburg Arts on the Green, Women’s Caucus for Art of Greater Washington D.C., and Gaithersburg Parks and Recreation are hosting a “Why I Vote” exhibition panel discussion. The discussion will be moderated by guest curator Sandra Davis of the Women’s Caucus for Art of Greater Washington D.C. It will also include the following participating artists: Lily Kak, Andrea McCluskey, Francine Stowe-Sinkler, and Rosa Ines Vera. Moreover, Janine da Silva of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs and Elaine Apter from the League of Women Voters will also participate in the discussion, which will stream on the Gaithersburg Arts on the Green Facebook page.
- Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.: Gaithersburg Community Museum will stream a performance of Mary Church Terrell, portrayed by Sherrie Tolliver on its Facebook page.
- Oct. 27 at 11 a.m.: Author Mara Rockliff reads her book, “Around America to Win the Vote,” for a virtual storytime. The reading will be streamed on the Gaithersburg Community Museum Facebook page. The book was illustrated by Hadley Hooper.
Montgomery County League of Women’s Voters also shared the following events (click the tweet to enlarge the graphic):
Hey MoCo Voters! Have you seen these upcoming events? THANK you to the @MoCoWomen Committee for all their hard work! We're really looking forward to the Commemorate the Centennial that we'll be participating in. Be sure to join us and spread the word! Thank you.#lwv100 #MoCoWED pic.twitter.com/iRHEJXvu3Y
— The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County MD (@MoCoMDLWV) August 13, 2020