It has been a Century since the passing of the 19th Amendment on
August 19th, 1920 giving women the right to vote. Prior to the passing
of the 19th Amendment, the League of Women Voters (LWV) turned
100 years old on February 14, 2020.
In recognition of the two centennials, and the 25th Anniversary of the local League of Women Voters of Central Yavapai County (LWVCYC), LWVCYC hosted a celebration featuring renowned Arizona author, journalist, and speaker Jana Bommersbach. Ms. Bommersbach presented a program and discussion of the role Arizona women played in the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
According to our keynote speaker Jana Bommersbach,
Nobody ‘gave’ women the right to vote – those wonderful early
suffragettes marched, picketed, petition, pleaded, begged and
were jailed to earn the vote. In Arizona, women took things into
their own hands to force a public vote. We have a very courageous
and proud legacy to live up to as we celebrate the Centennial
of women voting. It's the most fascinating story I've ever told.
I’d say suffrage was the nation’s largest civil rights movement.
To commemorate these historical events, LWVCYC has establishing an annual fundraiser which will honor Arizona women. The League will recognize Elisabeth Ruffner as the inaugural honoree with her values of Public Engagement, Community Service, Advocacy, and Leadership. As an early member of our local chapter, we can think of no better way to acknowledge her dedication to Arizona’s heritage and the passion and commitment that Arizona women have for democracy.
Our goal is to raise money for the nonprofit LWVCYC Education Fund that will sponsor a civics related scholarship for a student member of our League.
Will you support our goal of providing a civic-oriented scholarship to a student from the Central Yavapai County area with a gift of $25?
With this gift, you can select our League of Women Voters 100 Year Commemorative Tote Bag or an autographed copy of one of Jana Bommersbach’s books.
Please designate your selection with your donation