Votes for Women National Trail

Suffrage_Parade_in_New_York_City_1912In honor of the August 26, 2020 centennial celebration of woman’s suffrage in the United States, National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites is leading the effort to develop a nation-wide Votes for Women Trail. The Trail will highlight the role of each state in the 72-year battle to achieve women’s suffrage. Will you join this effort?

This project is truly a grassroots effort. Each state will have a coordinator who will lead volunteers from across their state to find and to research those sites that have a history with the women’s suffrage movement. They enter that information into a comprehensive database that will be used to populate an interactive nationwide map, which will – for the first time – represent the complete story of the struggle for women’s suffrage. The ultimate objective of this project is to show how social change occurs, to honor the suffrage movement’s countless participants, and to inspire future generations to treasure their right to vote.

Interested is assisting your State Coordinator? Please contact Marsha Weinstein today at mweinst413@gmail.com or call her at 502-819-2537. Our initial goal is to connect 1,000 sites by January 1, 2017. The suffragists of our states certainly did their share; now let’s do ours!

In 2020, America will celebrate the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. It took 72 long years from the adoption of the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments in 1848 at the First Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY. We want every state to be an integral part of all the national events, but we need your help and knowledge to make this happen.

What can you do to help?

  1. Identify sites in your state. Many ideas on where to get started can be found below.
  2. Add the name, address and significance of the site to our database: https://goo.gl/ forms/UyBc10vK3kGEA9qg1
  3. Encourage others to join this effort! Our goal is to reach 1,000 sites by January 1, 2018. 

***We also have a PDF version of the form that you can fill out by hand if you prefer. You can complete the Google Form after you have completed your research, or you can contact Maggie McClain to find out where to send your completed, hand-written PDF version. Thank you!

While there is currently no funding to get this project off the ground, let us recall that the majority of the women and men we are identifying on this trail had no funding either. We can honor those who fought for a woman’s right to vote by forging this new historic trail.