Suffrage Centennial Celebration

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"Forward Through the Darkness, Forward Into Light"

This was the rallying slogan of the women's suffrage movement that culminated in the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote, on August 26, 1920. This historic event is being commemorated year-long with events and activities nationwide. 

Xem xổ số miền nam trực tiếpDespite the landmark victory for women's rights, many women remained disenfranchised. Citizenship was not granted to Native American women (and men) until 1924, further disenfranchising them. African American and Native American women were further denied voting rights based on state laws, such as paying a "poll tax" or taking a "literacy test" — until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed discriminatory voting practices.

To celebrate this decisive and empowering right, the Fairfax City Commission for Women and the Office of Historic Resources offer exhibitions and events throughout 2020, and early next year. 

See below — and follow us on social media — for information about upcoming programs, as well as links to other regional and national events, and general resources on women's suffrage.


Fairfax City Leaders Share What Voting Means to Me


Click in the section What Suffrage Means to Me, below, to see more videos of today's civic and community leaders discussing what voting means to them.


Fairfax Women in the Movement:
Dr. Kate Waller Barrett, Helen and Jennie Moore

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Dr. Kate Waller Barrett

Xem xổ số miền nam trực tiếpDr. Barrett was a prominent social reformer of the Progressive Era. She worked to improve working, living, and social conditions for women and children, and gave many speeches supporting suffrage.

Xem xổ số miền nam trực tiếpDr. Barrett is best known for her work with the National Florence Crittenton Mission to establish "rescue" homes and provide medical care and job training to "unwed mothers."

Left photo: The Equal Suffrage League of Virginia (Kate Waller Barrett, front right)
Courtesy of the Library of Virginia

Right photo: Dr. Kate Waller Barrett portrait featured in the Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House
City of Fairfax Historic Collections

Helen and Jennie Moore

Helen and Jennie Moore photoXem xổ số miền nam trực tiếpThe Moore sisters were Fairfax community leaders who supported suffrage — and were two of the first Fairfax County women to register to vote.

Photo:  Helen and Jennie Moore, c. 1938
Courtesy of the Moore-Prichard Family   

Women’s Suffrage: What It Means to Me
Suffrage Exhibitions
History Talks
Suffrage Rocks
Television and Movies
Other Events and Activities
Suffrage Books for Children