Virginia Branches Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage!

Virginia AAUW Branches are doing their part to honor the women who, for decades, fought for suffrage in the United States. Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in June 1919. By August 26, 1920, 36 states had ratified the Amendment, and it was certified that the 19th Amendment had become a part of the Constitution. This has been called the single largest extension of democratic voting rights in our nation’s history.

October 10, 2019 Mt. Vernon Branch Celebrates 19th Amendment!

Pat Wirth, speaking to the Mt. Vernon Branch, October 10, 2019.

Joanne Clark, Mt. Vernon Program VP, Pat Wirth, and Patsy Quick, Mt. Vernon President

Pat Wirth, from the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association (TPSMA), presented The Best Kept Secret in America, which, of course is the story of the struggle for women to gain the right to vote in the United States.  She shared the stories and photos of the inspiring and courageous women who were on the front lines during the many-years-long fight to win the vote.  She updated us on the Memorial that will honor and memorialize those women, and which will educate future generations about the suffragists who fought for and won the right to vote for American women.

Many Mt. Vernon Branch members together donated $1,505 which was presented to Pat Wirth, that evening, for the construction of the Memorial.  Our branch name will be engraved on the Wall of Donors. And, Pat invited us to the ground-breaking of the Memorial on November 14, 2019.  We couldn’t be more excited and proud!