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Special programs celebrate the 19th Amendment and women’s suffrage

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s constitutional right to vote

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees and protects women’s constitutional right to vote.

The passage marked the largest expansion of democracy in the history of our country. This historic centennial offers an unparalleled opportunity to commemorate a milestone of democracy and to explore its relevance to the issues of equal rights today.

The Hawaii State Department of Education Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design, in collaboration with the Office of the Attorney General and the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), is pleased to announce the dates and details of two 19th Amendment and Women’s Suffrage programs that will address these issues and more.

Questions may be directed to Ms. Rosanna Fukuda, Educational Specialist for Social Studies at rosanna.fukuda@k12.hi.us or at (808) 305-9713.

It’s important to note that while the amendment eased the obstacles some women faced at the ballot box, Black women still faced legal barriers.

Women’s Suffrage Centennial Presentation Program

The Honorable Clare E. Connors, Attorney General, State of Hawaii, will address elementary and secondary classrooms via a livestream to talk about the meaning of the 19th Amendment and the impact of 100 years of women’s right to vote. Students and teachers will have the opportunity to ask questions about this important amendment and its legacy.

For educators and students in grades pre-K–5:

For educators and students in grades 6–12:

Struggle to Victory: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote and How It Reshaped Democracy

In partnership with UHM, this live event will feature acclaimed UCLA historian Ellen Carol DuBois, author of the new book “Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote.” Organized to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the forum will examine the history of this watershed expansion of American democracy and its still-unfolding legacy. UHM historian Robert Perkinson will interview DuBois, and the conversation will feature special Hawaii guests, including representatives from Common Cause Hawaii and the HIDOE.

This program will take place Thursday, Aug. 27, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and is geared toward secondary educators and students.

Register for this event here. You will then receive a Zoom link to this event. You can also view this via UHM’s Better Tomorrow’s YouTube channel.

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