Join us for the re-enactment of the 1848 Women’s Convention held in Seneca Falls, New York, and the presentation of the Parade of Suffragists. Special proclamations by City of Fayetteville Major Mitch Colvin and Chair of Cumberland County Commissions Dr. Jeanette Council. The Women’s Convention is regarded as the beginning of the modern feminist movement, and the parade is to highlight profiles of feminists from the past two centuries. This play was written by Fayetteville NOW member Ethelyn Holden.
Who: Fayetteville NOW members and friends in the community
What: Women’s Equality Day Observance with Fayetteville NOW
Where: Cumberland County Headquarters Library, in the Pate Room
When: Sunday, August 25, 2:30 pm
Directed by: Ethelyn Holden and Pam Carver
Note: Additional parking across the street from the library
Women’s Equality Day, on August 26, 2019, celebrates the anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in 1920 by the ratifying of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Women’s groups around the country are looking forward to the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment next year. Fayetteville NOW is using this year’s 99th anniversary to memorialize and bring awareness about two centuries of feminism and feminists.
The chapter is also looking forward to the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and the 2020 anniversary of women voting.
They also recognize that not all women were able to vote after the ratification because of Jim Crow laws and voter obstruction for women of color. Many of these obstructions were not cleared away until the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Recognition of our rights is particularly important now when issues like gerrymandering and voter id laws still make voting difficult for some citizens.
Find the press release at Womens Equality Day Observance Press Release (5Aug19).