Women's Suffrage Centennial 1920-2020
In 2020, it will be 100 years since the United States signed women's suffrage into law with the 19th Amendment. To commemorate this important heritage, Humanities New York will foster a statewide dialogue about the lasting legacy of women’s suffrage, and how it continues to shape American democracy today.
Humanities New York is bringing the people, places and ideas of the women’s suffrage movement to life. From 2016-2017, Humanities New York awarded over $458K to New York tax-exempt organizations for Centennial themed activities that explore the diversity of individuals and ideas that contributed to this grassroots movement. In particular, Humanities New York has supported projects that connect contemporary concerns (civil rights, gender diversity, equality, and civic engagement) to the legacy of women's suffrage.
In partnership with WCNY, HNY produced 5, two-minute videos about suffrage history. These videos highlight the history of individuals and sites from the Central New York and Finger Lakes regions: Seneca Falls; suffragists Emily Howland, Matilda Joslyn Gage, and Frederick Douglass; and the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse. These brief vignettes would make a great warm-up activity at the beginning of a lesson. They are available for free here and as a playlist on Humanities New York's YouTube Channel.