We're celebrating! The League and the 19th Amendment are turning 100!
Centennial Essay Contest for 7th and 8th Graders
The 19th Amendment was passed and signed into law August 26, 1920!
The League of Women Voters of RI and the RI Secretary of State invite all Rhode Island 7th and 8th grade students to participate in a state-wide essay contest inspired by the passage of the 19th amendment:
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.
Essays may address topics such as: why voting matters; present-day barriers to voting; reasons for low voter turnout; or advocacy more broadly. State-wide winner(s) will receive a cash prize and will be invited to read their essays aloud during an event at the Rhode Island State House.
"Bleeding feet wore smooth the path by which you climb up today."
A talk given by Elizabeth C. Stevens at a League of Women Voters meeting, Rhode Island Statehouse, April 10, 2019.
RI Suffragists featured at Centennial Event
Agnes M. Bacon
Alva Vanderbilt Belmont
Anna Garlin Spencer
Bertha G. Higgins
Deborah Knox Livingston
Elizabeth Buffum Chace
Esther H. Abelson
Julia Ward Howe
Mabel E. Orgelman
Mary E. Jackson
Paulina Wright Davis
Sara M. Algeo
History of Woman Suffrage: Volume 4 (Rhode Island 1868-1900, pgs. 907-927 pdf)
History of Woman Suffrage: 1900-1920 (Rhode Island, pgs. 565-578 pdf) edited by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan Brownell Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Ida Husted Harper
The Story of a Sub-Pioneer by Sarah M. Algeo
On January 6, 1919 the RI House and Senate voted to ratify the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. In celebration, the League of Women Voters held a grand party inviting all who had played a part in the great victory.
The party was a success!
To see more photos of the gala event, go to our Facebook page.
APRIL 10TH - LEAGUE DAY AT THE STATE HOUSE 2019
Speaker Elizabeth C. Stevens made the lives and times of RI Women's Suffrage pioneers Paulina Wright Davis and Elizabeth Buffum Chace come alive.
Elizabeth C. Stevens is the author of Elizabeth Buffum Chace and Lillie Chace Wyman: A Century of Abolitionist, Suffragist and Workers' Rights Activism
APRIL 3RD - SENATE PROCLAMATION
Senator Dawn Euer speaking to her resolution on April 3rd celebrating the Rhode Island League's and the Providence League's 100th Anniversaries.
League of Women Voters of Providence fourth annual fundraising tea celebrating 100 years promoting issues and voter information. September 23, 2019, Blithewold. More photos on Facebook
Photos: Allan Millora Photography