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New Mexico Celebrates: The Women's Vote

Celebrating 100 Years of Suffrage

Women Suffrage March

Women's Virtual Celebration

The City of Albuquerque, State of New Mexico and the League of Women Voters of New Mexico invite you to save the dates for virtual celebrations: Tuesday, August 18 through Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Join the week-long celebration with a multitude of virtual activities and entertainment including poetry, music, photos and history about women, by women. 

Follow ABQ Special Events on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for daily posts throughout the week. You'll be introduced to a Suffragist daily throughout the celebrations and be able to play games while learning about the Women's Suffrage Movement. Join us! 

History of the 19th Amendment

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." 

Forward Into Light

The KiMo Theatre will be celebrating the Women's Vote by joining the national Women's Vote 100: Forward Into Light campaign. From Tuesday, August 18 through Wednesday, August 26 the KiMo will be illuminated in the suffrage colors of gold and purple. Drive down Central Ave. after the sun goes down to see the bright lights. (Map)

Poetry Honoring the Women's Vote

Enjoy new work by the recently appointed Albuquerque Poet Laureate, Mary Oishi, who will be reading a poem especially written for the occasion. Watch on Tuesday, August 18 at 6 p.m. as she kicks-off the week-long celebration on One Albuquerque Media GOV-TV 16

Women's Vote Timeline

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

Corrido de la Votación

Local musician, Lara Manzanares’ own brand of bilingual folk-rock carry an appeal that speaks to both local Nuevomexicanos and international audiences. In addition to singing the traditional New Mexican canciones rancheras, and corridos of her sheep-ranching childhood, Lara also composes her own style of music in both English and Spanish. 

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

Zoom Party

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 here.

Register to Vote

League of Women Voters of New Mexico  

The League of Women Voters has worked since 1920 to improve local, state and national government and strengthen our communities through citizen education and action.

The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan; it never supports or opposes candidates or political parties. The League does take action on issues of importance to its members and the community, after studying them in depth.

Election Information for New Mexico Voters

Avoid polling place crowds and vote by mail. Consider voting absentee. Applying online makes things easier for your county clerk. 

 

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