The “Women’s Suffrage Centennial 2020 Northern Illinois Celebration” or “WSC2020 Celebration” seeks to mark the 100th anniversary of women receiving the vote by encouraging women’s groups and civic organizations in northern Illinois to present a wide range of educational and artistic events, displays and exhibits from January 2020, each month through the end of December 2020.
A special highlight will be a celebratory community party to be held in Rockford, IL called “Sippin’ with Suffragists” on August 18, 2020. This day marks 100 years to the day of the actual date of ratification. An even more ambitious goal is the creation of a permanent art installation within the city to honor the women who strove over seven decades to achieve women’s suffrage.
The Steering Committee for the WSC2020 Celebration is asking for your submission of a specific educational and/or artistic event, display or exhibit to be added to a “WSC2020 Calendar” that will be distributed throughout northern Illinois. The Steering Committee will determine which groups and events will be included.
The deadline for this “Call for Submissions” is Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Suggested activities include movie showings; costumed suffragists in parades; voter registration events; panel discussions about the Suffrage movement; book discussions; podcasts; school, library and museum displays; local media programs; plays; and art contests.
The Steering Committee for the WSC2020 Celebration is made up of representatives from a number of local organizations including AAUW Rockford Area Branch, Rockford NSDAR, WNIJ, Womanspace, LWVGR, NAACP, Women’s March Rockford, WTVO and the Rockford Public Library.