Year of Suffrage!

August 26, 2020 will mark a significant moment in American women’s history: the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. Evanston women were integral to the local, state and national women’s suffrage movements.

A group of Evanston community partners (listed below) has gathered to plan for this anniversary. Our goal is not simply to celebrate. We recognize that voting restrictions existed long after the 19th Amendment was passed – and still exist today. We will commemorate this significant milestone in women’s history remembering that a central and ongoing question in democratic societies is citizenship and who is a citizen. Our goal is to tell the story of the long struggle for women’s right to vote to promote understanding of the importance of citizenship and the struggle that women had to endure to attain it.

Community Partners

  • City of Evanston
  • Downtown Evanston
  • Evanston Community Foundation
  • Evanston History Center
  • Evanston Made
  • Evanston Public Library
  • Evanston Women’s History Project
  • Frances Willard House Museum
  • League of Women Voters of Evanston
  • North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Northwestern University
  • Shorefront Legacy Center
  • Woman’s Club of Evanston
  • YWCA Evanston/North Shore

A full calendar of events will be posted at the beginning of January.

Stay tuned for a new look for this website coming in January too!