City, community partners celebrate Women’s Equality Day with virtual event on August 22

August 18, 2020
August 2020 marks 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment establishing women’s right to vote

Women’s Equality Day, celebrated every August 26, commemorates the passage of women’s suffrage in the U.S. and reminds us of the hurdles overcome by the heroic women, and men allies, who faced violence and discrimination to propel the women’s movement forward.  2020 marks the 100-year anniversary of when the U.S. Constitution was changed guaranteeing women throughout the country the right to vote.

Locally, Louisville Metro Office For Women (OFW), Louisville’s League of Women Voters (LWV), and the Frazier History Museum are presenting a virtual program on August 22, “Women's Equality Day 2020: Celebrating the 100th & the 55th Anniversaries of Voting Rights Act”.  Hosted by Tina Ward-Pugh, director of Louisville’s OFW, this will include presentations and inspiring speakers including Tina Cassidy, author of Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait?”; and poet and artist Hannah Drake who will present an original work.

Join this event at 10 - 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22 on OFW’s Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/OFWLouisville/.

The Suffrage committee (OFW, LWV and Frazier) have worked with dozens of community partners to sponsor a multitude of projects throughout the year leading up to the 19th Amendment centennial milestone, and the Voting Rights Act 55th anniversary singed into law on August 6, 1965 to  prohibit discrimination in voting,   Though drastically reduced by the COVID-19 pandemic, events have included, “What Is a Vote Worth?: Suffrage Then and Now” - a yearlong exhibit at the Frazier History Museum;  a monthly Suffrage-series column with the Courier-Journal; and a centennial poster contest with help of the Louisville Visual Art. The group has also worked to increase voter registration and advocate for expanded opportunities to vote.

“What an exciting time to be alive in the world”, said Ward-Pugh. “We are living history.  It is an honor and a privilege for Louisville Metro’s Office for Women to be one of the three founding leaders of this annual event.  It is especially significant this year as we celebrate the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by spotlighting six women of color and bring them to the forefront as they so richly deserve.”

Also, look for the lighting of the Big Four Bridge – the pedestrian bridge linking Louisville and Jeffersonville -- in purple, yellow and white on August 25, 26 and 27, in celebration of the Suffragists movement.

 The deadline to register online to vote in Jefferson County for the 2020 General Election is October 5.   For more information, visit http://elections.jeffersoncountyclerk.org/

For more information about other virtual  Suffrage-related programs including “Women’s Equality Day: Author Talk with Tina Cassidy” on Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.; and “LET'S TALK | Bridging the Divide — What is a Vote Worth?” on Sept. 8 at 6 p.m., visit https://fraziermuseum.org/calendar-of-events.

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