League of Women Voters – Pine Belt Area 100th Birthday Celebration & 100th Anniversary of Passage of 19th Amendment

February 18, 2020

In 1919, the United States Senate passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution giving women the right to vote. (The amendment was originally introduced in Congress in 1878, but was finally adopted 41 years later). The next year, 1920, The League of Women Voters was established in Washington, D.C.  As is often said, ‘the rest is history.’

The official date of the League’s 100th Anniversary is February 14, 2020.  To celebrate  both the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment and the 100th birthday of The League of Women Voters, the Pine Belt chapter of the League will host the actual celebration on Saturday, February 29, 2020, with co-sponsor, The Saenger Theatre.  The doors to the Saenger Theatre will open at 6:30 p.m., and beginning at 7:00 p.m., there will be a special screening of the women’s suffrage movie, Iron-Jawed Angels, starring Hilary Swank and Angelica Houston.  A champagne and cupcake reception will follow the movie.  This event is free and open to the public.

At this time, other events are in the planning stages to celebrate the passing and ratification of the 19th Amendment. Future confirmed announcements will be announced at a later date.

Peg Ciraldo, President of the LWV-Pine Belt, said, “This is an exciting time for the League of Women Voters nationwide. In the past one hundred years, much has been accomplished, but our job is not yet finished. We owe a debt of gratitude and thanks to all the women and men who came before us, for their voices, the work they did and their many accomplishments”.

As a strictly non-partisan, membership organization, The League encourages voter registration and education on issues facing our country, especially those relevant to the Pine Belt area.  It influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League never supports or opposes any political party or candidate at any level of government. The League is a grassroots organization working at the national, state, and local levels.

The League of Women Voters was established in Washington, D.C. in 1920 after women won the right to vote. A membership organization, The League of Women Voters is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation. Membership is open to women and men.