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Celebrate Women’s Equality Day and the Women’s Suffrage Centennial

Women’s Equality Day is August 26 each year and commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted the right to vote to women. This year, we commemorate 100 years of women’s voting rights in the United States and we invite you to help us!

The deadline to submit your photos and videos is Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Option One – Join our video celebration

Ask your parent or caregiver to help make a video of you answering one or more of the questions below. Your video submission will be included in a special video to premiere during GSCO’s Civics Month in October 2020.

  1. What makes you wish you could vote? (If you are not 18 yet and wish you could vote!)
  2. What would you do first if you were an elected official?
  3. What is something you believe in enough to advocate or march for?

Please wear your Girl Scout vest or sash in your video, if you have one. Videos should be made horizontally ONLY and uploaded at: https://www.dropbox.com/request/u5ZkyaABV8J3ysQwXMkg.

By uploading a video, you are providing consent for Girl Scouts of Colorado to share your video publically.

Option Two – Make a sign showing your passion for women and girl’s equality

People fighting for women’s right to vote 100 years ago made signs that said things like, “Equality for women!” and “Votes for Women!” Consider decorating your sign with the colors of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States: purple, white, and gold.

Ask your parent or caregiver to snap a photo of you in your Girl Scout vest or sash holding your sign and email it to girlsexperience@gscolorado.org. Please include the Girl Scout’s first name only, city, and troop number in the email. By emailing your photo to us, you are providing consent for Girl Scouts of Colorado to share the photo publically.

Option Three – Color a suffrage cat

“Did you know that the cat was a symbol of the women’s suffrage movement? In April of 1916, suffragists Nell Richardson and Alice Burke started a cross-country road trip. Setting out from New York, these two women stopped in cities and towns across America to talk about the importance of women’s suffrage. Along the way, the women adopted a cat that became their unofficial mascot. The cat became a symbol of suffrage!”- National Parks Service, https://www.nps.gov/articles/suffrage-cat.htm

Color and decorate your own suffrage cat and send us a photo of your completed artwork! Ask your parent or caregiver to email your completed cat to girlsexperience@gscolorado.org. Please include the Girl Scout’s first name only, city, and troop number in the email. By emailing your photo to us, you are providing consent for Girl Scouts of Colorado to share the photo publically.

Please note: While we celebrate 100 years of women’s voting rights in the United States, we also need to take a closer look at the history of women of color’s voting rights. Did you know . . .

  • Full exercise of Black voting rights was intended with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
  • 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.

Interested in learning more about the Women’s Suffrage Centennial? Check out the following:

Resource: 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative – https://www.2020centennial.org/faq#q6

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.

A Closer Look at Women’s Voting Rights Around the World

Submitted by Marty Allison, Chair of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Global Action Team

As we recognize the centennial of the 19th amendment and the women’s suffrage movement, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Global Action Team takes a closer look at women’s voting rights around the world .

Can you believe that in 1689 women landowners in the State of Friesland, what we call the Netherlands today, were first able to vote! Throughout history, women have had many restrictions to their right to vote. Age and marital status were just two of them. Younger men could vote before women could. Women could vote, but not run for elections. Single women or widows could only vote in local elections. A woman’s level of education might determine her eligibility to cast a vote. Or, how about how only mothers with legitimate children could vote in local elections? In South West Africa, only white women could vote and not the native African women. In 1945 in the Dutch East Indies, Indonesia today, only European women could vote. In Liberia, Africa, in 1946 indigenous men and women did not get to vote until 1951 while American women could vote much earlier than that.

In 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in 1952, they enacted the Convention of the Political Rights of Women. But, still it was 1962 before Australia allowed Aboriginal men and women to vote when South Australian women of European descent were able to vote way back in 1894!
In Kuwait, women were able to vote in 1985, but it was revoked in 1999 only to regain the vote in 2005. In Afghanistan, the Taliban revoked women’s right to vote in 1996 and after their fall in 2001, women regained the right to vote. Saudi Arabian women gained the right to vote in local elections in 2015 and be appointed to local positions.

While we celebrate 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment in the United States, we also take a closer look at the history of women of color’s voting rights. Did you know . . .

  • Full exercise of Black voting rights was intended with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
  • 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.

Today, we are proud that women in all of the 150 countries of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) (https://www.wagggs.org/en/our-world/) have the right to vote!

Resources

Interested in joining the Global Action Team? Email GSCO staff liaison, Aimee Artzer, at 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.

Watch now: Women’s Suffrage Centennial with the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and the League of Women Voters of Colorado

Girl Scouts of Colorado gives special thanks to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) and the League of Women Voters of Colorado (LWVCO) for hosting two webinars for Girl Scouts to learn about the women’s suffrage movement and the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. More than 40 Girl Scouts from across the country participated in the webinars on August 10 and August 14, 2020. You can now watch both webinars online.

Presenters from the CHWF and LWVCO included:

  • Beth Barela, Executive Director, Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame
  • ML Hanson, Founder of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and Girl Scout Woman of Distinction
  • Beth Hendrix, Executive Director, League of Women Voters of Colorado
  • Jill Tietjen, Inductee of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and the Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame, and Girl Scout Woman of Distinction
  • Andrea Wilkins, Legislative Liaison for the League of Women Voters of Colorado

Our presenters spoke to girls about what life was like for women 100 years ago, why suffragists fought for the right to vote, and about key suffragists in Colorado history. Girls also learned about how and why the CO Women’s Hall of Fame was started and the original suffragists were the founders of the League of Women Voters.

Through participating in this webinar girls:

  1. Earned their Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame patch! They completed the patch requirements by:
    • Learning about CWHF inductees
    • Attending a CWHF event
    • Watching a film from the CWHF website (D/B/J) OR completing a CWHF scavenger hunt (C/S/A)

Order your CWHF patch online now!

2. Completed the “Discover” part of the Girl Scout Suffrage Centennial patch by:

  • Finding out why it is important to vote.
  • Learning about women’s first time voting.
  • Learning why some people were opposed to voting.

To continue learning more about the women’s suffrage centennial and the 19th Amendment, Girl Scouts can:

  1. Finish earning the Girl Scout Suffrage Centennial patch.
  2. Earn the Girl Scout 19th Amendment Ranger patch.
  3. Explore all the resources on the special Suffrage Centennial blog post.

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.

Step Out with Suffragettes Walk

Submitted by Aimee Rogers

Metro Denver

Centennial

The Juniper Trail Service Unit invites service units and troops statewide to join our socially distanced walk: Step Out With Suffragettes 1.5 mile walk on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 10 a.m.

We invite troops and/or families (based on current guidelines at the time) to join us by walking in your local area to honor the suffragettes that came before us in the fight for the right to vote.

This event is planned for you! Please e-mail girlscouts602@gmail.com for more information and instructions.

Instructions include:

  1. Links to age appropriate videos (Daisy/Brownie/Junior/Cadette/ Senior/Ambassador) for girls to watch to learn more about the suffrage movement nationwide.
  2. Questions for an online scavenger hunt for girls to learn about Colorado’s important milestone in the suffrage movement.
  3. Instructions so girls can learn about the process to register to vote in the State of Colorado.
  4. Ideas on building a kit you can deliver to families so girls can make sashes and signs to wear at the walk.

This is an amazing opportunity to educate the voters of tomorrow by celebrating the voters of the past!

Lets all coordinate our walk on September 19 at 10 and enjoy the socially distanced sisterhood of Girl Scouts!

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.

Listen now: Women’s Suffrage Centennial with the Women’s Rights National Historic Park

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks Ranger Denise from the Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, New York for hosting a special webinar about the women’s suffrage movement. More than 25 Girl Scouts from all over the country participated in this webinar on August 5, 2020. Listen to the recording here.

Ranger Denise walked girls through the events that led up to the first women’s rights convention. The Women’s Rights Convention fought for the social, civil, and religious rights of women. It was held on July 19 and 20, 1848 at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls. We learned about the roles of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha Coffin Wright, Mary Anne M’Clintock, Jane Hunt, and Susan B. Anthony. Girls also learned about how restrictive life was for women at the time and the importance of the right to vote as it related to owning property, wealth, and wages. Ranger Denise walked the girls through the list of grievances put together at the convention. She wrapped up her presentation with information about Frederick Douglass’ participation and speech at the convention. Douglass, a leader in the abolitionist movement, said, “In a word, I have never yet been able to find one consideration, one argument, or suggestion in favor of man’s right to participate in civil government which did not equally apply to the right of a woman.”

The webinar wrapped up with a live Q&A session where we learned about how Ranger Denise developed a passion for the women’s rights movement and that her favorite Girl Scout cookie is a Tagalong.

As Girl Scouts continue learning about the women’s rights movement, we encourage you to explore the resources listed below:

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.

Suffrage Centennial with the Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to partner with Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY to offer girls a special virtual opportunity to learn about the Suffrage Centennial on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 3 – 4 p.m.

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/suffrage_centennial_with_the_women_s_rights_national_historical_park_virtual_08_05_2020 Registration closes Tuesday, August 4.

Women’s Rights National Historical Park tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY on July 19-20, 1848. It is a story of struggles for civil rights, human rights, and equality, global struggles that continue today. The efforts of women’s rights leaders, abolitionists, and other 19th century reformers remind us that all people must be accepted as equals.

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.

The session will be recorded and posted online for girls to listen to anytime.

We will use Zoom to host this opportunity. 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.

PLEASE NOTE – This program is one of several opportunities for Colorado Girl Scouts to celebrate the Suffrage Centennial. More opportunities are listed below and a full blog post on how to celebrate will be posted to the blog in early August 2020.

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

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.