MGA 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration Events


After months of planning Co-Chairs Grace Adams-Square and Sheree Keith and the commissioners of the MGA 19TH AMENDMENT CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION COMMITTEE are ready to begin the first of many activities that will properly acknowledge the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Seated left to right: Mary Christian, Sheree Keith, Grace Adams-Square, Marina Busatto Spears;

Standing left to Right: Matt Caverly, Laurie Walters, Rachel Podwolsky, Donna Ingram, Scott Spangler, Maritza Bell-Corrales, Sabrina Wengier, Susan Durr and Charles Richardson. Not pictured: Abbie Holmes, Daneell Moore, Francisco Lopez, Ebonie Fraser, Jeffrey Tarver, Gul Celkan,

Jenia Bacote, Elaina Behounek, Lily Wang, Kathy Wilcox, Garima Banerjee, Imad El-Jeaid

Beginning at the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, suffragists and women’s rights activists demanded women’s universal access to the ballot through a constitutional amendment. The first women’s suffrage amendment was proposed to the United States Congress in 1878. Nine years later, a vote to grant women suffrage was defeated in the U.S. Senate. In 1916, Jeannette Rankin of Montana was the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where, two years later, she began debate on the suffrage amendment, which passed the chamber. Finally, in 1919, the 19th Amendment passed through both the House and the Senate, and the process of ratification was underway.  MGA first event will take place Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00pm on the Cochran campus under the direction of  Dr. Mary Christian Assistant Professor of English and Dr. Matthew Caverly Lecturer, Political Science

MGA second event will take place Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 11:00 am on the Macon campus under the direction of Mrs. Grace Adams-Square Assistant Professor Political Science, Dr. Sheree Keith, Professor of Communication Studies and Dr. Daneell Moore, Assistant Professor BSSE Program Coordinator

Future 19TH AMENDMENT CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION events will take place in August 2020 to include all 5 campuses. Political Science will offer a seminar Women in Politics Fall 2020.

As we approach the centennial of this landmark achievement, having the research and the discussions about women’s contributions would properly acknowledge the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, would honor the leadership and advocacy of the generations of brave and brilliant suffragists who fought tirelessly for the equal right to vote.

Our kickoff celebration will take place on August 18, 2020 time and location TBA and will include tea.  The meeting of five women over tea on July 9, 1848, changed the course of history as we had come to know it. Can you believe a chance for women to be a part of the electoral process? Every woman’s right to vote! For it was at this tea party, that the American women’s suffrage movement came together for the first time.

Alice Paul used parade colors of purple, white and gold, to acknowledge the historical use of gold in the American suffrage movement (please refer to our first picture)

When used for women’s equality causes, a torch is used to remind viewers of the upheld torch of the Statue of Liberty and the idea of “passing the torch,” that is, a younger generation taking up a battle from an older generation. The 2020 designer’s modernistic torch image suggests that the cause of voting rights is unfinished.  The connecting dots in the torch might stand for a timeline of the suffrage.  

The Awakening, a 1915 illustration shows a torch-bearing woman wearing a cape that says “Votes for Women”, symbolizing the awakening of the nation’s women to the desire for suffrage. Below the cartoon is a poem by Alice Duer Miller. Contributor: Henry Mayer Date: 1915-02-20 (Library of Congress)

Submitted by Grace Adams-Square 2/27/20