Women’s Suffrage Centennial

Celebrating 100 years of women making their voices heard at the ballot box

In 1920, the newly ratified 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibited denying the right to vote on the basis of sex. Consistent with our core belief that women’s voices strengthen our democracy, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation is committed to elevating suffrage centennial projects that highlight important lessons from the women’s suffrage movement, including the responsibility of each generation to continue the march for justice.

Suffrage Centennial Grants

As part of its involvement with the Greater Boston Women’s Vote Centennial, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation is seeking proposals for projects related to the centennial celebration of women’s suffrage. Through this program, grants of up to $5,000 will be provided to initiatives designed to engage and benefit the people of Greater Boston.

Our vision is a vibrant celebration including a number of projects designed to encourage civic engagement and link the history of the suffrage movement to the urgent social issues of today. We seek to elevate organizations doing work to create a racially, ethnically, and geographically diverse centennial celebration reflective of the Greater Boston community.

Applications are open through August 30, 2019.

Suffrage Celebration Partners

Women’s Suffrage Centennial

The Greater Boston Women’s Vote Centennial

Presented by Mayor Walsh’s Office of Women’s Advancement and supported by the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, the Greater Boston Women’s Vote Centennial aims to elevate the ongoing women’s suffrage centennial celebrations throughout Greater Boston. The project will span from June 2019-August 2020 and host a public speaker series, offer grants for suffrage centennial programming, and […]

Women’s Suffrage Centennial

Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, this exhibit at the National Archives Museum highlights the relentless struggle of diverse activists throughout U.S. history to secure voting rights for all American women. More than 90 items will be showcased, including records, artifacts, and photographs. The exhibit will run from May 2019 – […]

Women’s Suffrage Centennial

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

The exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery will focus on how suffragists used portraiture to promote gender equality and their ideas and include overlooked women’s history topics, including: the role of black suffragists; labor rights of working women; the shift in society’s image of women; and the first female presidential candidates. It will run from […]

Women’s Suffrage Centennial

The Vote

This American Experience film, set to be released in 2020, explores how and why millions of Americans mobilized for, and against, a woman’s right to vote. It brings to life the controversies—over gender roles, race, and the methods and means for social change—that divided the American population in the decade leading up to the passage of the 19th […]

Women’s Suffrage Centennial

Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

The Library of Congress’ exhibit will include an unsurpassed documentary record of the suffrage campaign, correspondence and speech, rare books, pamphlets, cartoons, and more. There will be an online component, gallery talks, tours, a film series, concerts, educational workshops, and classroom materials. The exhibit will run from June 2019 – September 2020.