Women's Equality Day

Voting Rights: The Next 100 Years

Celebrating Women's Equality Day

As we near the culmination of our yearlong commemoration of the Women’s Vote Centennial // Colorado 2020, we remember that in Colorado, in 1893, voting rights were not expanded beyond men by a stroke of the pen. They were expanded by voters.

Remember, your vote makes a difference and every vote counts: You shape history every time you vote. We embrace this anthem never to support any partisan agenda but always to serve all Coloradans, and we will continue to do so for the next century and beyond.

Please join us and our partners across the state in celebrating Women’s Equality Day with these events and activities. 

Events, Activities, and Engagements 

“More Than Votes” The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Colorado and the Nation.”
August 22, 2020 | 1:30 pm MDT

A virtual lecture offered by the Center for Colorado Women’s History. Join Colorado women’s history scholars Gail Beaton, Marcia Goldstein, and Rebecca Hunt as we discuss earlier efforts to expand women’s rights in the nation and in Colorado; the 1893 Colorado election; and how the work of Colorado women and women’s organizations helped the nation move one step closer to a big leap in 1920.

Women’s Equality Day Car-Caravan Parade
August 26, 2020 | 10:00 am MDT

Join the Women’s Vote Centennial Commissioners, History Colorado staff, and our community partners with a COVID-conscious car-caravan parade on Women’s Equality Day. 

As a symbol of the continuation of the journey, the event will kick off with inspirational words from the Women’s Vote Centennial Commission Chair and committee members while we decorate our vehicles. The procession will travel past some of Denver’s significant suffrage sites to commemorate 100 years of the women’s vote, to acknowledge the impact of our voices today, and to boldly look forward to the next 100 years as we continue our journey toward empowerment and equality in voting rights.

Historic Denver Virtual Walking Tour 
August 26, 2020 | 7:00 pm MDT

Take a virtual walk around Denver and explore the sites associated with the women responsible for women's suffrage! A combination of photographs, video, and live experts will bring to life the stories and sites of these influential women while also discussing history and architecture.

Forward Into Light
August 26, 2020

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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s constitutional right to vote, History Colorado and the Center for Colorado Women’s History will join buildings and landmarks across the country and light up in purple and gold as part of the nationwide Forward Into Light Campaign, named in honor of the historic suffrage slogan, “Forward through the Darkness, Forward into Light.”

Bold Women. Change History. The Summit
August 27, 2020 | 6:00 pm MDT

Bold Women. Change History. The Summit is a virtual gathering that highlights the power of women to create our future, lead our present, and shape our history. In short, energizing, and creative contributions, women leaders from many fields will share how they show up, create, disrupt, and transform our communities. Featuring messages of wisdom from bold women, including Dr. Rachel Harding, Merle Chambers, Katica Roy, Elder Kathy Sanchez, and more.

Summit Contributors

Bold Women. Change History. The Summit contributors

“I Shape History Every Time I Vote” House Party Box

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As the election draws near, honor the women suffragists who came before us, activate the voters in your life with a suffrage-themed house party! Filled with everything you need to host an event in the safety of your own home and social circle, the “I Shape History Every Time I Vote” house party box will get guests fired up about voting and provide practical ways to engage.

Women’s History Tour-in-a-Box

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Available August 26, 2020. Journey on a self-guided tour at your own pace through the neighborhoods and locales of such luminaries in Denver’s rich past as Justina Ford, Anne Evans, Margaret Tobin Brown, Madam CJ Walker and Minnie J. Reynolds. From the comfort of your car, you'll learn how these women helped transform the city of Denver.

Womxn’s March Denver #Vote2Vent Toolkit
August 4 - October 13, 2020

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#Vote2Vent Toolkit is a 12-week digital action plan including:

  • Anti-racist resources from over 50+ womxn-led organizations
  • Information on voter registration, ballot initiatives, early voting & November voting
  • Access to over 25 digital conversations led by local community organizations including Colorado Black Women for Political Action and more!