2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. Although Delaware did not ratify the amendment until 1923, the Delaware Women’s Suffrage Centennial Committee has launched a new website to recognize the 2020 anniversary.
The website includes historical information about the women’s suffrage movement nationally and in Delaware, interactive quizzes, reading lists for people of all ages, and lesson plans for teachers. The site also features archival images of the women’s suffrage movement. Jackie Griffith, chair of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Committee and director of government and community relations at Delaware State University, said that the aim of the website was to connect the women’s suffrage movement to efforts to protect the right to vote today. “We hope that the resources will be used to empower the next generation of women leaders who will be committed to a modern and forward-thinking movement, building on the powerful foundation as set forth by the Suffragists,” she said.
The Delaware Women’s Suffrage Centennial Committee was created by the state legislature to organize events and exhibits to honor the suffrage centennial. The committee’s goals include celebrating the anniversary, educating people on the history of women’s suffrage, and recognizing the barriers to voting that persist today.