“After years of active suffrage work in New York, Alice Paul chose Inez Milholland in 1916 to represent the women of the East, who could not vote… Inez’s passionate ‘Appeal to Women Voters of the West,’ in which she called for united action by women to pass the 19th Amendment, still echoes in the history of oratory today.”
The 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) website, www.2020centennial.org, serves as a central organizing and information-sharing entity for programs, projects, and activities that commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and stimulate dialogue to address the ongoing fight for women’s rights.
The purpose of the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative is to ensure that the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment is acknowledged throughout the United States in ways that: 1) include the influence and stories of the various components of the suffrage movement in ways that reflect the accuracy of the historical record; 2) recognize the legal and social advances resulting from the 19th Amendment; 3) acknowledge the inadequacies of the Amendment’s implementation; 4) describe its continuing relevance to the ongoing struggle for equal rights; 5) encourage involvement in large and small activities at all levels by diverse public, nonprofit, and private organizations and individuals.
For more information and resources about the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative visit www.2020centennial.org.
Throughout 2018, the National Women’s History Project honored fifteen outstanding women for their unrelenting and inspirational persistence, and for understanding that, by fighting all forms of discrimination against women and girls, they are shaping America’s history and our future. These 2018 Honorees refused to be silenced. Their lives demonstrate the power of voice, of taking action, and of believing that meaningful and lasting change is possible.
The National Women’s History Project was behind the 2016 centennial observance of the death of Inez Milholland in 1916.
In 2017, many individuals and organizations across the nation continued honoring Inez through events and special occasions. In 2018, the NWHP was behind nominating Inez to be inducted in the National Women’s Hall of Fame for 2019. Let’s cross our fingers that it happens!
When you think about Inez Milholland, also think about Turning Point Suffragist Memorial. We need visibility for the tens of thousands of women and their allies who worked from dawn to dusk for decades to win the right to vote. Donate so that the doors of the memorial can open in 2020.
The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial is planning to bring news of the women’s suffrage movement to the attention of the public. This includes Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr and the tens of thousands of American women—known and unknown—who built a base of support for us today.
“The life of Inez Milholland was cut short after only 30 years, yet her influence has lasted so long. This speaks to her enormous influence on American life and women’s history. Few suffragists gained her level of popularity and few spoke publicly with such courage and eloquence as Inez.”
People are talking about 2020, the nation’s suffrage centennial. Make sure you have Inez Milholland on your “to do” list for 2019 as you prepare for 2020.