New Mexico Celebrates Women's Vote Centennial With Virtual Activities

Women's suffrage movement was a decades-long fight to gain the right to vote for women

August 20, 2020 - Press Release from Cultural Services Department

August 26, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that went into effect to protect women's' right to vote forever in United States. The City of Albuquerque, State of New Mexico, and the League of Women Voters of New Mexico have announced a week-long celebration starting Tuesday, August 18 through Wednesday, August 26. Virtual activities and entertainment include poetry, music, photos, and history about women, by women. 

Each evening from August 18-26, the KiMo Theatre will be celebrating the Women's Vote Centennial by joining the national Women's Vote 100: Forward Into Light campaign. The KiMo Theatre will be illuminated in the suffrage colors of gold and purple.

The recently appointed Albuquerque Poet Laureate, Mary Oishi, will read a poem especially written for the the Women's Vote Centennial. The reading will be streamed on Tuesday, August 18 at 6 p.m. on One Albuquerque Media GOV-TV 16.

Local first time voters will read through a historical timeline of milestones that lead to the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The video on how women of the past paved the way for all women to gain the right to vote today will premiere Wednesday, August 19 at 6 p.m. on One Albuquerque Media GOV-TV 16.

Local musician Lara Manzanares will perform her rendition of Corrido de la Votación, a song about voting, on Sunday, August 23 at 6 p.m. on One Albuquerque Media GOV-TV 16.  Manzanares' own brand of bilingual folk-rock carry an appeal that speaks to both local Nuevomexicanos and international audiences.  

Follow ABQ Special Events on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for daily posts throughout the week, including daily introductions to Suffragists and games centered around the Women's Suffrage Movement.

The week will conclude with a Zoom Party: Celebrating 100 Years of Women Voting. The virtual party will feature an introduction by Albuquerque City Councilor, Diane Gibson, special guests and women from all 33 New Mexico counties. The Zoom will celebrate women gaining the vote in a variety of ways and will take place on Wednesday, August 26 from 4-7 p.m. Join the Zoom Party at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA4mqaSChFo

The City Council presented a proclamation recognizing the 100 year anniversary.

The women's suffrage movement was a decades-long fight to gain the right to vote for women in the United States. It took activists and reformers nearly 100 years to win that right, and the campaign was not easy. But on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified and on August 26, 1920 it was declared in effect. It declares that, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."