This just in from Sylvia Coffey, Women Suffrage Celebration (of Frankfort)
Women’s Equality Day commemorates passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting the right to vote to women. The amendment was first introduced in 1878 and passed August 26th, 1920. In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated August 26th as Women’s Equality Day.
You are cordially invited to a “Women’s Equality Day” Celebration
(refreshments and program)
DATE: August 26, 2017 (Saturday)
PLACE: Community Room, Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street, Frankfort, KY
TIME: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A tidbit of history: Place yourself in Tennessee, August 18, 1920, "the war of the roses" - reds anti-suffrage (more than you'd think) and yellows (suffragists - yellow being their symbolic color). Imagine the heat, the tension, and then imagine the shock and surprise (on both sides) when young Harry Burns changed his vote from NAY to AYE. The ratification of the 19th amendment was finalized by a young man of 24 whose mother had given him a note saying "Don’t forget to be a good boy and help Mrs. Catt" -- and he did and the rest is history. This monumental amendment for all women came to be by ONE vote. Yes, the Power of One. The U.S. Secretary of State signed this document August 26, 1920.
Come and be a part of this celebration -- August 26th - 2 to 4 -- Paul Sawyier Library Community Room, Frankfort, KY.
Spread the word and let's celebrate those women who have made our lives better.
The vote is the emblem of your equality, women of America, the guarantee of your liberty. That vote of yours has cost millions of dollars and the lives of thousands of women. Money to carry on this work has been given usually as a sacrifice, and thousands of women have gone without things they wanted and could have had in order that they might help get the vote for you. Women have suffered agony of soul which you can never comprehend, that you and your daughters might inherit political freedom. That vote has been costly. Prize it!
Quote by Carrie Chapman Catt