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Women's Equality Day Commemoration Inaugurates Women's Vote Centennial with Statewide Call to Action

Plans announced to reach every county across the state, reinforce Colorado's role in the national movement, and build new knowledge around this topic

DENVER, Aug. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- This morning on Women's Equality Day, Governor Jared Polis, representatives of History Colorado, and the newly formed Colorado Women's Vote Centennial Commission (WVCC) made history on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol, when they kicked off the Women's Vote Centennial commemoration of the 19th Amendment. On the anniversary of the largest voting-rights expansion in U.S. history, the event launched a full year of educational programming, community engagement and partnerships in all 64 Colorado counties.

The Women's Vote Centennial year-long commemoration of the 19th Amendment kicked off at the Colorado State Capitol on Women's Equality Day, August 26, 2019.

History Colorado , the state agency leading the initiative, announced inclusive, historic opportunities for Coloradans to participate, join grassroots efforts, and honor the bold individuals who fought for female voting rights. History Colorado invites interested organizations and individuals across the state to collaborate together to create space and events for civic engagement, commemoration, impact and support. Statewide partnerships between local museums, libraries, clubs, schools, arts organizations and individuals in communities will provide settings for suffrage-related events and dialogue.

The Women's Vote Centennial comprises the nation's most comprehensive statewide effort to examine the importance of voting in our democracy. For more information about ways to get involved and participate, visit COWomensCentennial.org, call 303-620-4933, or email HC_COWomensHistory@state.co.us

"We want this work to live on and to create a buzz within every Colorado community. It is only through partnerships and collaboration that we can reach individuals statewide with messages, programs and experiences that explore the journey and struggle to achieve voting rights," said Dawn DiPrince, chief operating officer of History Colorado. "We want to provide educational touchpoints and help tell these untold stories that bridge history with modern-day Colorado."

In 1893, Colorado was the first state to outlaw, via state referendum, denying citizens the right to vote based on their sex. This took place more than 25 years before the national women's suffrage act was signed into law on Aug. 26, 1920. The trailblazing collaborative fight for women's voting rights changed the course of history in Colorado and continues to inspire social, economic, political and cultural advancements today.

"As the first state to give women the right to vote by popular referendum, Colorado has a lot to be proud of and a lot to commemorate," said Cathey M. Finlon, chair of the Colorado Women's Vote Centennial Commission. "We also have the opportunity to understand what brought this vote to pass -- the coalitions, the economic anxieties, the societal situations that came together to achieve this momentous result. We will call attention to Colorado's important role in the national movement for the women's vote, while inspiring new action and research."

Statewide Programming
Statewide events and initiatives officially commenced today on Women's Equality Day and will culminate in 2020, with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment's adoption. Several organizations are already participating in the grassroots movement, including the Arvada Center, Colorado Women's Hall of Fame, Colorado Encyclopedia, El Pueblo History Museum, Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, League of Women Voters, Molly Brown House, Regis University, Territorial Daughters of Colorado, and Trinidad History Museum. Statewide, organizations are invited to become partners in programming, with support from History Colorado. For a calendar with upcoming events, please click here and scroll down.

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