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National Votes for Women Trail June 2020 Newsletter

Dear friends,

Let us begin by saying that your commitment to the National Votes for Women Trail (NVWT) inspires us. Through the many challenges during these recent months, you have continued to make great strides. Thank you for your persistence to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

We are doing this to honor the work of suffragists by educating the public about the extensive struggle for voting rights of women of all ethnicities by identifying the historic sites related to suffrage events and people. The power of being in an actual place gives a new dimension to the story that suffrage was indeed a national struggle, involving thousands of people.

With the official centennial less than three months away, we have much to do and much to look forward to. In this newsletter, we’re bringing you up-to-speed on good news from the NVWT and sharing the inspirational stories of Marie Baldwin, Felice Cohn, and Goucher College. We can look to them as examples.

To date, there have been 44 funded NVWT markers representing a range of histories within women’s suffrage and 53 nomination packets currently under review. Please be mindful of the October 1 nomination deadline to ensure you are getting your submissions in on time and your state is well represented on the NVWT. If you need resources, consult our primary sources guide or reach out to one of the great members of our Research Team led by Denise Ireton. Be sure to read her Q&A for insights and what motivates her.

This incredible team of researchers is made possible by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. As great supporters of our work, the Commission formally agreed to establish a partnership with the NVWT by providing funding for staff. The impact of our partnerships and collaboration have resulted in documenting community history that in many instances was previously unknown. In doing so, it helps to make the 19th Amendment centennial commemoration a lasting gift for generations to come.

Now is the time to bring the stories in your state to the forefront. If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out. Thank you for helping us to fulfill our mission.

Marsha Weinstein
National Collaborative of Women’s History Sites

Paula Miller
Executive Director
William G. Pomeroy Foundation