Here’s to the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial! There will be a celebration at the capitol. Please help recognize this important milestone with flair!
Thursday, February 6: 100th Anniversary of the League of Women Voters and New Mexico’s ratification of the 19th Amendment. If you can, please come in suffrage garb (white, purple, and yellow) and encourage others to do the same.From 8-3, we will have 12 tables of displays in the West Hall. I’m renting the tables and chairs and have confirmed several for local Leagues and Fair Districts NM (the League’s redistricting project), AAUW, NOW, NAACP, and General Federation of Women’s Clubs will have displays highlighting their history and accomplishments. I have a list of other potential non-partisan organizations to ask, but I need to see if the NM Humanities Council, State Records and Archives, UNM Center for Southwest Research, NHCC and other libraries are able to display some primary source materials and listings of their holdings.
Late morning, Senator Nancy Rodriguez and Rep. Joanne Ferrary, League members from Santa Fe and Las Cruces respectively, are sponsoring legislative memorials recognizing the League’s history and accomplishments in their respective chambers. Senator Liz Stefanics (a Santa Fe League member) will do the general suffrage centennial memorial. We need to find a House sponsor for the same memorial. Several names come to mind as strong women’s rights and social justice advocates, but I want to hear from this group who you want me to ask. I recommend either Rep. Gail Chasey (who sponsored the League’s 90th birthday) or Rep. Debra Armstrong. Thoughts? Other ideas??
Around 12:30 pm we should break for suffrage flag* cake and fun. Get your creative juices going. Please let me know what you want to do, and I will organize the line-up.*See the flag image I hope to use for the cake here From 1-2 pm, we’ve asked the governor to deliver the dual proclamations for the dual occasion, and we’ll have speakers from the various groups and officials. If allowed in the rotunda, it would be great to have some music and a little theatre.
Meanwhile, I want to thank Ellen Dornan, NM Humanities Council, for posting some wonderful resources on the Women2020 page regarding the suffrage movement. There are links to the Library of Congress primary sources, precious New Mexican articles from 1915 and 1916, the Alexander Street Suffrage Biographies, and much more at https://nmhum.org/NMHC.php?p=222
There’s also a YouTube panel discussion that Ellen did with Georgellen Burnett and me discussing the suffrage movement with a NM focus for National History Day theme “Breaking Barriers.” It’s not perfect, but we cover a lot of important points.
Ellen also posted the link to https://libguides.unm.edu/c.php?g=95635 Nancy Brown-Martinez at the Center for Southwest Research, UNM Zimmerman Library, email@example.com, 505-277-1389.
Cassandra Osterloh is going to alert the librarians at their conference next week about these resources with the goal that librarians around the state will set up displays to educate the public about the suffrage centennial and direct interested parties to https://nmhum.org/NMHC.php?p=222. This may be the closest we come to having a dedicated site for resources.
We don’t have a state commission, but we can do a lot as a working committee if we all pitch in, support each other’s efforts, and recruit more partners.
Think about how hard our suffragists worked for decades to secure the vote. We can celebrate their work and the accomplishments of the past while committing our efforts on today’s priorities. Attached is a Suffrage Timeline with a NM Orientation, showing major events in our ongoing struggle for full equality.
Please get back to me about February 6!!
Meredith has compiled a Suffrage Timeline for New Mexico.