Mark your calendar: 19 events to celebrate the 19th Amendment, honoring 100 years of women's right to vote

  • On Wednesday, Aug. 26, learn about Bess Bower Dunn, left, Lake County's first designated historian; Ethel Untermyer, founder of the Lake County Forest Preserves; Janice Christensen, a test pilot in World War II; and others in "Women Who Made History."

    On Wednesday, Aug. 26, learn about Bess Bower Dunn, left, Lake County's first designated historian; Ethel Untermyer, founder of the Lake County Forest Preserves; Janice Christensen, a test pilot in World War II; and others in "Women Who Made History."

 
Updated 8/15/2020 12:23 PM

Aug. 26 will mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. Here are some related events taking place throughout the suburbs -- and virtually -- to commemorate this milestone.


100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. Hosted by the Barrington Area Library, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area. Through an illustrated slide lecture, presenter Leslie Goddard, historian, author, and dramatist, will explore the struggle from 1848 -- when the first call for women's votes was issued at Seneca Falls -- to 1920 when the 19th amendment gave all American women the vote. " Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote" is free to members and the public. Register at balibrary.librarycalendar.com.

Women's Suffrage exhibit:

2 to 4 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays, by appointment only, at the Dundee Township Historical Society Museum, 426 Highland Ave., West Dundee. See the exhibit on the fight for women's right to vote. It began with the Temperance Movement in the 1820s and most actively from 1848 until the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1920. Face mask and safe distancing rules required. Visit dundeetownshiphistorical.org.

On Aug. 10 and 24, Leslie Goddard will offer an online program on "Votes for Women: The 72-Year Struggle for Women's Suffrage" with the public libraries in Elmhurst and Naperville.
On Aug. 10 and 24, Leslie Goddard will offer an online program on "Votes for Women: The 72-Year Struggle for Women's Suffrage" with the public libraries in Elmhurst and Naperville. - Courtesy of Elmhurst Public Library
Votes for Women:

7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10. Elmhurst Public Library offers this Zoom program "Votes for Women -- The 72-Year Struggle for Women's Suffrage" with Leslie Goddard exploring the long struggle from when the call was first issued at Seneca Falls in 1848 to when women finally gained suffrage in 1920. In the ensuing years, women worked tirelessly, giving speeches, writing letters and petitions, gathering signatures by the thousands, and persevering in the face of strident opposition. You will never find voting inconvenient again. Register at bit.ly/32rHCrx

Women of Cantigny:

7 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11. A lack of male heirs propelled the women in the Medill, McCormick and Patterson families to do amazing things. From serving in Congress, breaking flight records, winning the Pulitzer Prize and owning their own newspapers, each woman has a fascinating story. Laurie Russell of the Robert R. McCormick Museum at Cantigny will discuss the remarkable lives of Amy McCormick, Cissy Patterson and others, tracing their family roots to Joseph Medill and Robert R. McCormick, owners and editors of the Chicago Tribune. Register at www.wheatonlibrary.org for Zoom webinar.

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Explore the lives of Amy McCormick, left, Cissy Patterson and others in "Women of Cantigny" with Laurie Russell of the Robert R. McCormick Museum Aug. 11.
Explore the lives of Amy McCormick, left, Cissy Patterson and others in "Women of Cantigny" with Laurie Russell of the Robert R. McCormick Museum Aug. 11. -
Women in History:

1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11. In "6 Women You Need to Know," Martina Mathisen provides her historical portrayals of six women who were doing big things, secret things, even dangerous things while expressing themselves and impacting those around them, including Harriet Tubman, Madame Curie, Helen Keller and three more history makers. Register at eapl.org.

100 Years of Women's Right to Vote:

10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12. Schaumburg Township Public Library District is hosting a phone-in program, offering a brief history of women's right to vote and eight suffragists that made it happen. This is an audio-only program. Call (847) 923-3195 about 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start of the program to join. Limited to 40 callers. They also want to hear your thoughts on this important anniversary, and there will be time for those who wish to share.

Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration:

7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12. Gain new insight and appreciation for the privilege of voting. Historians and educators Llona and Lynn Steele will provide a retrospective of the Women's Suffrage movement, from national Women's Rights advocates to local luminaries, as well as the history of the League of Women Voters. Register for the Zoom webinar at www.wheatonlibrary.org,

Experience the DuPage County Historical Museum's latest exhibit "Ballots of Power: A Century of Women's Suffrage" on Aug. 14-15 before its official opening.
Experience the DuPage County Historical Museum's latest exhibit "Ballots of Power: A Century of Women's Suffrage" on Aug. 14-15 before its official opening. - Courtesy of DuPage County Historical Museum
'Ballots of Power' exhibit:

noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, via Zoom, and 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 15, in person. The DuPage County Historical Museum and Wheaton Park District is offering a sneak peek to the new exhibit, "Ballots of Power: A Century of Women's Suffrage," before the official opening. The exhibit explores how DuPage County women have used their power to vote to enact change in the century since the ratification of the 19th Amendment on Aug. 18, 1920. To register for the Zoom or in-person event, visit www.facebook.com/dupagemuseum/.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Park Ridge honoring 100th anniversary:


7 p.m. Monday, July 17. The Park Ridge City Council will honor the 100th anniversary of the women's right to vote at its meeting, broadcast live on the City PEG Channel (Channel 17, Comcast; Channel 6, WOW!) and live-streamed at www.parkridge.us/events/default.aspx. Members of the League of Women Voters of Park Ridge prepared a proclamation for the meeting to recognize the "courageous and powerful women who fought for the certification of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution on August 26, 1920." Those women included Park Ridge jewelry and silverware entrepreneur Clara Barck Welles, whose efforts included serving as chair of the parade committee for the Illinois Delegation's Votes for Women March in Washington, D.C., in 1913. Inspired by these women from the past, the Park Ridge League continues its commitment to register, educate and mobilize voters through tools such as the IllinoisVoterGuide.org -- an election information website that empowers voters across the state to find candidate information up and down the ballot in every precinct. Although traditional get-out-the vote initiatives have been hampered by COVID-19, League members are still continuing in their efforts.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton:

7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17. Laura Keyes portrays women's rights crusader Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1866, after the Civil War is over but when the battle for women's suffrage is just beginning. Registration is required. Register at fremontlibrary.org.

A portrait monument of Woman's Suffrage pioneers Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia Mott stands in the Rotunda of the nation's capitol.
A portrait monument of Woman's Suffrage pioneers Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia Mott stands in the Rotunda of the nation's capitol. - Daily Herald File Photo
Community conversation on 'The Vote':

4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17. WTTW hosts a virtual community screening and conversation of "The Vote: American Experience." One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, this multipart documentary tells the dramatic story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote -- a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history. After the screening, Sylvia Ewing, director of strategic communications, marketing, and outreach at Elevate Energy, will moderate a live conversation featuring Lori Osborne, director of the Evanston Women's History Project and Frances Willard House Museum in Evanston; Alice Palmer, former Illinois state senator; and Rebecca Sive, political analyst and women's leadership strategist and historian. The panel will discuss Illinois' role in the Women's Suffrage Movement, and how race impacted Women's Suffrage and voting today. "The Vote" will air on WTTW for three weeks beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8. This is a free event. RSVP at wttw.com.

Defining Systemic Racism:

7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17. This discussion with Tauya Forst, professor of justice studies at College of DuPage, will help you create a working definition of systemic racism and how it affects every area of your life. This event is sponsored in partnership with Indian Prairie Public Library, Glen Ellyn Public Library, and Prospect Heights Public Library. Register at gepl.org.


"Great Lakes, Great Women"


6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, on Zoom. Join the National Museum of the American Sailor in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. After a multigenerational battle, which included lectures, marches, lobbying, and other forms of demonstrations, Congress enacted the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Museum technician Kim Ortega will share "Great Lakes, Great Women" a presentation that explores the significant contributions of women to Naval Station Great Lakes from its opening in 1911 through the present. This presentation highlights several women who broke legal and civic barriers in the fight for inclusion, equality, and recognition within the United States Navy. This free presentation will be offered via Zoom starting promptly at 6 p.m. Preregistration is required for all attendees at www.facebook.com/events/593858784870419/. The expected length is 45 minutes with time for questions afterward. The National Museum of the American Sailor at 2531 Sheridan Road in Great Lakes is temporarily closed to the public until Sept. 8. To learn more, visit www.history.navy.mil or .

On Aug. 18, the Lombard Historical Society will dedicate a historical marker to Ellen Martin, the first woman to vote in a general election in the state of Illinois.
On Aug. 18, the Lombard Historical Society will dedicate a historical marker to Ellen Martin, the first woman to vote in a general election in the state of Illinois. - Courtesy of Lombard Historical Society


Ellen Martin marker dedication:

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at Lombard Historical Society garden, 23 W. Maple St. The Lombard Historical Society, with the Pomeroy Foundation and the Historic Preservation Commission, dedicates a new historical marker recognizing Ellen Martin, the first woman to vote in a general election in the state of Illinois. Miss Martin and fourteen of Lombard's most prominent women cast their ballots as citizens and residents of the town of Lombard on April 6, 1891. Light refreshments will be served in the garden. This event is free and open to the public, however, reservations are required at www.lombardhistory.org For more information about this event, please email info@lombardhistory.org, or call (630) 629-1885.

Women's Suffrage Storytime:

10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, with the Algonquin Area Public Library's virtual storytime. Visit www.aapld.org.

'The Woman's Hour':

7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20. The centennial of passage of the 19th Amendment offers an unparalleled opportunity to commemorate a milestone of democracy and to explore its relevance to the issues of equal rights today. Join in a virtual book discussion of the drama "The Woman's Hour" by Elaine Weiss. Pick up a copy of the book at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library or call (847) 392-0100 to pick up a copy at the drive-up window.

Civic Awareness Series:

7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20. The League of Women Voters of Wheaton and the Robert McCormick House at Cantigny Park will host "The Other: How Dehumanization, Confirmation Bias, and the Vividness Effect Perpetuate Racism," a virtual presentation by North Central College professor Jon Mueller. Learn how your behavior affects others and what you can do to be aware and affect change. Register at my.lwv.org/illinois/wheaton/.

On Aug. 23, Batavia Public Library's "Sundays on Stage" features a living history portrayal of Louisa May Alcott, the writer, abolitionist, suffragist and Civil War nurse.
On Aug. 23, Batavia Public Library's "Sundays on Stage" features a living history portrayal of Louisa May Alcott, the writer, abolitionist, suffragist and Civil War nurse.
Louisa May Alcott:

2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23. Batavia Public Library continues its "Sundays on Stage" series with a living history portrayal of Louisa May Alcott, the writer, abolitionist, suffragist and Civil War nurse. Leslie Goddard portrays Alcott in a program that draws from Alcott's own diaries, books, and letters to bring the passionate, humorous, and progressive author to life. Register at bataviapubliclibrary.org and get a link to this YouTube program.

Votes for Women:

7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24. Naperville Public Library offers this Zoom program with Leslie Goddard exploring the long struggle from when the call was first issued at Seneca Falls in 1848 to when women finally gained suffrage in 1920. In "Votes for Women -- The 72-Year Struggle for Women's Suffrage," learn how women worked tirelessly, giving speeches, writing letters and petitions, gathering signature and persevering in the face of the strident opposition in this illustrated slide lecture presented by Leslie Goddard. Register at www.naperville-lib.org.

Women's History -- Hindsight is 2020:

7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26. Aug. 26 marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment was passed, granting American women the right to vote in all elections. "Ellie Presents" focuses on the influence of trade and teacher's unions, women in higher education, fundraising through cookbooks and bazaars, marches, songs, letter writing campaigns and how women's influence over the voting men in their lives brought about the reform. This program will take place online on Zoom. Register at www.schaumburglibrary.org. If the event is full, watch it live streamed on SchaumburgLibrary.tv.

"Casting a Historic Vote":

8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Ike & Oak Brewing's outdoor tent, 6315 Main St., Woodridge. Join the Women in Business committees from Chamber 630 and Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment with guest speaker Jeanne Schultz Angel of Naper Settlement. Learn about its relevance to issues of equal rights today; gain insight on the 72+ year fight to guarantee and protect women's right to vote -- and learn about significant historic events that happened right here in Illinois; understand how to honor the life and work of the women who dedicated themselves to the fight for women's equality; identify what modern leaders, activists, and change-makers can learn from bold women from history and how we can advocate for women, children and underserved populations; and celebrate modern-day female heroes and empower all women to protect the rights we fought so hard for. Cost is $10 or free for chamber members. Preregistration is required at www.naperville.net. Masks are required.

On Aug, 26, historian Jeanne Schultz Angel will speak on "Casting a Historic Vote" with the Women in Business committees from Chamber 630 and Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.
On Aug, 26, historian Jeanne Schultz Angel will speak on "Casting a Historic Vote" with the Women in Business committees from Chamber 630 and Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Women's Equality Day:

Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Naper Settlement, 523 S Webster St. "Women's Equality Day, Naper Settlement's Women: Waves of Change" exhibit will open. To commemorate the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment's passage, the exhibit will explore the stories of women, past and present, who were and are foundational in the formation and development of Naperville and beyond. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Settlement admission is free for Naperville residents with ID, kids under age 4; $12 for 13 or older; $10 for 62 or older, and $8 for age 4 to 12. napersettlement.org.

Women Who Made History:

7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26. Historian Diana Dretske tells the stories of Lake County women and their noteworthy accomplishments in social activism, preservation, military service, and more. Highlights include: Ethel Untermyer, who led the movement to establish the Lake County Forest Preserves; Bess Bower Dunn, the county's first designated historian; Clara Colby, the first woman to officially vote in Illinois; and Janice Christensen, test pilot in the Women's Air Force Service Pilots of World War II. Registration is required at fremontlibrary.org.


Park Ridge League benefit


In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, the Park Ridge League is hosting a fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Harp & Fiddle, 110 Main St., Park Ridge. Mention the League of Women Voters of Park Ridge when dining in person or ordering carryout and a portion of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to the organization. The League of Women Voters of Park Ridge is part of the League of Women of Women Voters of Illinois. Founded in 1920, LWVIL is one of the nation's oldest and most respected non-partisan civic engagement organizations. To find out more, visit www.lwvpr.org. Membership is open to any person 16 years of age or older.

League celebrates 19th Amendment


1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, via Zoom. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote with suffragists Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells and Alice Paul, Known for their activism for women's suffrage, these strong women will share their experiences that culminated in the passage of the 19th Amendment. Learn how Alice Paul used hunger strikes to make her voice heard among lawmakers and politicians. Hear how Ida B. Wells came to Chicago and worked to secure the rights of African American women. Listen to Susan B. Anthony talk about her travels across the United States to build support for a constitutional amendment. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County, all are welcome to attend this live 40 minute presentation remotely on Zoom. Links to the program will be given by request through noon Aug. 29 by emailing info@LWVCKC.org.

Protecting the Right to Vote:

7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. Downers Grove Public Library presents the Zoom webinar, "Safe, Secure, and Accessible Elections: Protecting the Right to Vote during the COVID-19 Pandemic." In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, primary elections were being held across the country. Numerous states have had to adjust their systems to adapt to this new public health crisis, including Illinois. Tyler St. Clair from Common Cause Illinois will discuss the impact that COVID-19 had on the primary election here in Illinois, how the impacts affected election preparation, and what voters can expect leading up to November. Learn about your voting options in 2020, whether you are a new or seasoned voter, as well as what the new voter laws are. This webinar will be recorded. Register at dglibrary.org.

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