In 2020, the United States will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. As part of WKU's Journey to the Vote celebration and commemoration of this historic event, elected officials have been invited to take part in a proclamation signing at the Kentucky Museum on June 4, which is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment by the U.S. Senate.
It would then take more than a year for 36 states, the number of states needed, to actually ratify the Amendment. The 36th state was Tennessee. The public is invited to attend the Journey to the Vote kickoff event at 2 p.m. June 4 in the museum's Kentucky Room.
The commemorative events scheduled over the next year are made possible through generous funding from the WKU Sisterhood. The WKU Sisterhood is a group of women with shared values who enjoy collaborating to advance the mission of WKU. In November 2018, members voted to provide funding to support several programs centered on the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
Two small exhibits showcasing the lives of Victoria Woodhull, the first female candidate for President and a leader in the suffrage movement, and Eliza Calvert Hall, author and suffrage leader from Bowling Green, will also be on display at the June 4 event. These exhibits are made possible by the WKU Kentucky Museum and the WKU Library Special Collections.
Partners in the WKU celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment include the Department of Political Science, Department of History, Potter College of Arts & Letters, Kentucky Museum and Library Special Collections, and Warren County Public Library. A complete list of upcoming events on campus and within the community can be found online at https://www.wku.edu/kentuckymuseum/journey_vote.php. Parking for the June 4 event is available in the Adams Street Lot across from the Kentucky Museum. For information, contact WKU’s Department of Political Science at (270) 745-4559.