The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is proud to be part of the San Antonio 19th Amendment Centennial Committee, and we invite you to join women from across San Antonio starting on August 16, to honor the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement and the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the constitutional right to vote. And, recognize the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (August 9) and remember that it took the Voting Rights Act and the civil rights movement to enforce the voting rights guaranteed by the 14th and 15th Amendments for our Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous sisters.
Here’s how you can recognize and honor our suffragist sisters and all who fought for women’s rights, paving the way for generations of women to make our voices heard:
- Visit 100yearsofwomenvotingsa.com to learn about events, how to get involved, and find educational resources.
- Download the youth guidebook which provides interactive opportunities for students to do at home or in the classroom. In addition, we encourage all kids ages 6-18 in Bexar County to participate in an essay contest ending August 31 and have the chance to win a Chromebook, Whataburger gift cards, H-E-B gift baskets, and the archival of the essay into the newly established National Institute of Mexican American History of Civil Rights at Our Lady of the Lake University.
- During the week of August 16, tie a white ribbon on a tree, mailbox, or porch to honor the sisters of the women’s suffrage movement. Snap and share a photo on social media, change your Facebook profile using our official 100th anniversary frame using the hashtags #100YearsOfWomenVoting/#SASuffragists/#VotingWomenMakeADifference.
- Light the Night in White! On August 18, turn your porch light on to honor the women suffragists of the 1920s known for wearing white to show their support for voting rights.
- From August 18-26, do 1 random act of kindness (RAK) for someone else. Share your RAK on social media with #100RAK #100YearsOfWomenVoting/#SASuffragists/#VotingWomenMakeADifference
- Join the TIkTok Challenge: We’re challenging you to share why voting is important to you through our #100YearsofVoting challenge. Post your video and tag us, @SheKnewSheCouldSoSheDid.
- A flyover by the Women in Aviation Alamo City Chapter at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 21. The flyover path starts at Stinson Municipal Airport and will travel over the San Antonio Missions, University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine, downtown San Antonio, The Pearl, Providence High School, Brackenridge Park, Incarnate Word High School, University of the Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University, and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy.
- Join The League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area and Can We Talk for the virtual event, “Hard Won, Not Done.” This virtual celebration will take place on Wednesday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. and is free. Details can be found at https://lwvsa.org/.
- VOTE November 3! Get registered to vote by clicking here and click “Register to Vote” under the “Quick Resources” section. Deadline to register for the November 3 election is October 3.
- Use the electronic Voters Guide ORG– a one-stop site for information about elections nationwide.
- Starting the week of August 16, more than 500 white ribbons tied to the trees along the San Antonio Riverwalk.
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