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Girl Scouts of Colorado recognizes Women’s Suffrage Centennial

August is National Women’s Suffrage Month, join Girl Scouts of Colorado as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s constitutional right to vote! Suffrage is the right to vote in political elections and suffragists are people who advocate for the extension of the right to vote, especially to women. As we celebrate you will see this moment in history referred to as the “Women’s Suffrage Centennial”, “Suffrage Centennial”, or the 100thanniversary of the 19th Amendment.

This special blog post briefly explores the history of the women’s suffrage movement and lists opportunities and resources for Girl Scouts to learn more.

Special thanks our partners at the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, League of Women Voters of ColoradoNational Park Service, and Girl Scouts of the USA for bringing together unique opportunities for Girl Scouts to recognize this moment in history.

About the Women’s Suffrage Centennial

The 19th Amendment states, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

According to the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, “Suffragists began their organized fight for women’s equality in 1848 when they demanded the right to vote during the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. For the next 72 years, women leaders lobbied, marched, picketed, and protested for the right to the ballot. The U.S. House of Representatives finally approved the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, on May 21, 1919. The U.S. Senate followed two weeks later, and the 19th Amendment went to the states, where it had to be ratified by 3/4ths of the-then-48 states to be added to the Constitution. By a vote of 50-47, Tennessee became the last state needed to ratify the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby issued a proclamation declaring the 19th Amendment ratified and part of the US Constitution on August 26, 1920, forever protecting American women’s right to vote. Today, more than 68 million women vote in elections because of the courageous suffragists who never gave up the fight for equality.”

As we recognize this important moment in U.S. history it is important to note that the language of the 19th Amendment included all eligible votes but not all eligible voters, especially women of color, could exercise their right to vote.

The 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative reminds us, “First of all, the Constitution in 1920 mandated a minimum voting age of 21, so the 19th Amendment allowed for women 21 and over to vote. Then, although the 19th Amendment included women of color, many were unable to vote. In the southern United States, restrictive state or local laws called for poll taxes and/or literacy tests before a citizen could vote. Eighty percent of African Americans lived in the southern U.S. in 1920. As more black women moved north, they were able to vote more freely. Full exercise of black voting rights was intended with the Voting Rights Act of 1965; however, even today some states continue to erect barriers to black voting. Native American women were largely excluded from voting before the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924; some states and localities still passed laws effectively barring Natives from voting until the late 1940s. Not until the late 1940s and 1950s were restrictions on Asian American voting removed.”

GSCO Virtual Programs

Suffrage Centennial with the Women’s Rights National Historic Park

Wednesday, August 5, 3 – 4 p.m., all ages

A National Park Ranger will talk to girls live from the Wesleyan Chapel. The Wesleyan Chapel is the location of the First Women’s Rights Convention held on July 19 and 20, 1848, in which approximately 300 people gathered to attend. It is considered by many historians to the formal beginning of the Women’s Rights Movement in the United States.

Girls will learn about the history of women’s right to vote and have an opportunity for a live Q&A session with the National Park Ranger.

Suffrage Centennial Celebration with the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and the League of Women Voters of Colorado

C/S/A: Monday, August 10, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

D/B/J: Friday, August 14, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Girls will learn about the suffrage movement and the women who shaped history. They’ll explore how these actions set the stage for women’s rights throughout history, how the Women’s Rights Movement is still a part of our current lives, and how, through advocacy, we have the power to impact the lives of others. Representatives of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame will teach girls about the history of the movement and about Colorado suffragists, and representatives from the League of Women Voters will talk to girls about how they can take action today to make the world a better place.

Girl Scout patches and activities

  • Girl Scout Ranger 19th Amendment Patch Program: The National Park Service and Girl Scouts of the USA are commemorating the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with a limited-edition commemorative patch, activity guide, activity log, certificate, and special awards. The Girl Scout Ranger 19th Amendment Patch Program will enhance Girl Scouts’ understanding of the significance of the 19th Amendment which removed the gender restriction to voting and granted many women the right to vote. Celebrate the advances that resulted from the suffrage movement and key historical figures who were involved.
  • The Complete Suffrage Toolkit: The materials and activities in this toolkit will inspire girls to discover the history of women’s voting rights and civic engagement. Through these activities, girls will connect, have multigenerational conversations within their communities, better understand the gender barriers that have been broken, and celebrate the women who broke them.
  • The Suffrage Art Projects: Check out these fun art projects that take inspiration from what early suffragists did to call attention to their cause. Get creative and put your own twist on these entertaining activities. 

Colorado Specific Activities and Resources“As the first state to enact equal suffrage through popular vote – on November 7, 1893 – Colorado has a lot to commemorate . . .”

At Home Activities

Online Exhibits

Still to Come in August!

  • National Civic Action: Promote the Vote
  • Women’s Voting Rights around the World from the GSCO Global Action Team

Resources

19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women’s Right to Vote (1920) – https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=63

2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative – https://www.2020centennial.org/

“Between Two Worlds: Black Women and the Fight for Voting Rights” – https://www.nps.gov/articles/black-women-and-the-fight-for-voting-rights.htm

Library of Congress – https://www.loc.gov/exhibitions/women-fight-for-the-vote/about-this-exhibition/

National Archives – https://www.archives.gov/women/suffrage

National Park Service – https://www.nps.gov/subjects/womenshistory/19th-amendment.htm

National Parks Service, Article Series “Suffrage in America: The 15th and 19th Amendments” – https://www.nps.gov/articles/series.htm?id=EA334AEE-A3B5-5979-737829A71446739C

National Women’s History Museum, The Woman Suffrage Movement – https://www.womenshistory.org/resources/general/woman-suffrage-movement

PBS – https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/not-for-ourselves-alone/womens-suffrage/

Smithsonian Institution – https://americanhistory.si.edu/democracy-exhibition/vote-voice

Voting Rights Act (1965) – https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=false&doc=100#

Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission – https://www.womensvote100.org/

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scout Day at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

Girl Scout Day at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Cañon City is Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Girl Fee:$19 for park access (normally $24)

Adult Fee:$19 for park access (normally $29)

More information: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/girl_scout_day_at_ro.html

The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is a Colorado family attraction, but it’s more than just your average park. It’s an intricate part of Colorado’s history and a place to visit with your family. While bridge construction was completed in 1929, the Gorge itself is millions of years in the making. No act of nature or mankind can stop the fun and excitement from happening for years to come!

Take advantage of special Girl Scout Day pricing and spend the day enjoying all the park has to offer. Tickets will be offered at $19 per person (normally $29 per adult and $24 per child) and can be purchased day-of at the Visitor Center. Simply indicate that you are with Girl Scouts and the discount will be applied.

If your Girl Scout is bridging this year, this is also a wonderful opportunity for her to bridge across the highest suspension bridge in the United States! A bridging ceremony is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. It’s a defining moment when a girl celebrates her achievements and prepares for new adventures and responsibilities. Once a girl bridges to a higher level of Girl Scouting her leadership skills and the experiences she will have continue to grow. You can even purchase your Royal Gorge bridging patch online (https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html) to help celebrate this moment in Girl Scouting. Learn more about bridging online.

Please note:

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Crocs Patch was Awesome

Submitted by Shannon Morris

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

While earning this patch, I really enjoyed designing my own Crocs. A fact that I learned is that Crocs’ leadership team is more than 50% run by women. I thought that was interesting!

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to partner with Crocs to teach girls to Come As You Are™! Based in Niwot, Colorado, Crocs’ proclamation to the world is to be comfortable in your own shoes. Everyone is unique in their own way and at Crocs, we celebrate one-of-a-kinds and stand together with all kinds. This patch program teaches Girl Scouts to embrace who they are and accept others for who they are. Download the full activity booklet online.

Awesome Girls: Returning to the Outdoors Responsibly with The North Face

Connect with The North Face’s top high adventure athletes to learn how they have stayed mentally and physically strong during Stay at Home orders. As you begin to head back outdoors, learn tips and tricks from these leaders on how to do so responsibly. Adventurous Girl Scouts will facilitate a conversation with The North Face’s high adventure athletes.

Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors: June 24, 2020 at 2 p.m. MDT
Register now: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1333523&tp_key=c13f024647&sti=exec_essentials

Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors: June 24, 2020 at 3 p.m. MDT
Register now: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1333539&tp_key=bdf491e348&sti=exec_essentials

These sessions are hosted by GSUSA.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Meet an Expert: Outdoor Materials Developer for The North Face

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a special webinar to meet MaryThorn Greene, an Outdoor Materials Developer for The North Face,  on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 2 p.m.

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/meet_an_expert_outdo.html Registration closes June 22.

MaryThorn will take girls through the process of outdoor material development and commercialization. This includes working with designers and material suppliers, developing to cost, analyzing end-use testing, and quality assurance. She will also lead girls through an activity matching materials to outdoor activities. There will also be time for a Q&A. This is an awesome opportunity for girls to learn from an expert at one of the top outdoor retailers in the world!

We will use Zoom to host this webinar. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the webinar. Capacity is limited; each individual participant should be registered so we can track capacity. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org or have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Meet an Expert: Business Planning with The North Face Strategy

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a special webinar on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 4 p.m. to learn more about the business side of an outdoors brand with Reese Sun, a North Face Strategist.

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/meet_an_expert_busin.html

Registration closes June 18 OR when capacity is met.

Reese will teach girls about the importance of purpose, innovation, and planning to succeed. She will also lead girls through an activity about how to make a new ideas come to life through business planning – one step at a time. After her presentation and activity, there will be time for a live Q & A session. This is an awesome opportunity for girls to learn from an expert at one of the top outdoor retailers in the world!

We will use Zoom to host this webinar. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the webinar. Capacity is limited; each individual participant should be registered, so we can track capacity. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org or have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or (877) 404-5708.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Flag Day and the 2020 Census

Submitted by Nick Schwartz, U.S. Census Bureau

Tell the U.S. Census Bureau what Flag Day (Sunday, June 14, 2020) means to you! We’re looking for Girl Scouts statewide to submit a short video (30 seconds or less) telling us why they love the American flag.

Girls should use only their first name and their city. It would be nice if they wear their uniforms, but it’s not required. Videos can be emailed to nicholas.p.schwartz@2020census.gov. Please submit by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday June 9, 2020.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Wilton and Girl Scouts

Host your own cake decorating class anywhere, anytime with lesson plans from Wilton Cakes!

Lesson plans include:

  • Cookie Crumble Cake
  • Spatula Painting with Icing
  • International Spices
  • Stencil Painting Fundamentals
  • Making Natural Food Colors
  • Cupcake Chemistry
  • Icing Fundamentals
  • Buttercream Flowers
  • Decorating Cookies
  • Fondant Fundamentals

Questions? Contact wmisupport@wilton.com or (630) 810-2874.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scout Workshops with Microsoft

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to partner with Microsoft to offer online workshops for girls of all ages. Starting Thursday, June 4, 2020, one-hour workshops will be offered each Thursday and Friday through June. These workshops focus on content from the Brownie Computer Expert badge, but are open to Girl Scouts of all levels. Girls will get hands-on experience with the latest technology from Microsoft as they discover the versatility of computers, safe usage, and more.

The workshops are designed to be taken in consecutive order, so do not join a Friday session before taking a Thursday session! You do not need to take each session in the same week.

Girl Scouts must register individually for each session they are planning to attend. Registration closes the day before the session.

Session One: Thursday, June, 4 from 3-4 p.m.

Registration: https://www.microsoft.com/store/event_registration/?eid=711159381&locid=94958

Session Two: Friday, June 5 from 3-4 p.m.

Registration: https://www.microsoft.com/store/event_registration/?eid=1667219084&locid=94958

Session One: Thursday, June 11 from 3-4 p.m.

Registration: https://www.microsoft.com/store/event_registration/?eid=1847921327&locid=94958

Session Two: Friday, June 12 from 3-4 p.m.

Registration: https://www.microsoft.com/store/event_registration/?eid=940152167&locid=94958

Session One: Thursday, June 18 from 3-4 p.m.

Registration: https://www.microsoft.com/store/event_registration/?eid=964241137&locid=94958

Session Two: Friday, June 19 from 3-4 p.m.

Registration: https://www.microsoft.com/store/event_registration/?eid=1507144622&locid=94958

Session One: Thursday, June 25 from 3-4 p.m.

Registration: https://www.microsoft.com/store/event_registration/?eid=86209342&locid=94958

Session Two:  Friday, June 26 from 3-4 p.m.

Registration: https://www.microsoft.com/store/event_registration/?eid=543644666&locid=94958

Please note, these sessions are hosted by Microsoft. Girl Scouts should complete the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge prior to participating.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Meet an Expert: The Business Side of Fashion with a Buyer from The North Face

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a special webinar learn about the business side of fashion with Lindsey Nelson, a buyer for The North Face on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 4 p.m.  Lindsey will teach girls about the process of designing clothes, studying customer trends, and picking the best styles for shoppers in The North Face stores and on the website. She will also lead girls through an activity about how to pick the best clothes that you think will be the top sellers to hit your sales goal. After her presentation and activity there will be time for a live Q & A session. This is an awesome opportunity for girls to learn from an expert at one of the top outdoor retailers in the world!

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/meet_an_expert_the_b.html
Registration closes June 8

We will use Zoom to host this webinar. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the webinar. Capacity is limited; each individual participant should be registered so we can track capacity. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.