RAPID CITY, S.D. — August is National Women’s Suffrage month.
100 years ago to the day, women were granted the right to vote in the U.S.
Passed by Congress on June 4 of 1919, the nineteenth amendment was ratified in August of 1920.
As part of the “Her vote. Her voice.” movement, a celebration event dubbed “Cheers to 100 years” is took place on Main Street Square in Rapid City on Tuesday night.
More than 200 volunteers, and movement Delegate Kitty Kinsman have put several events together just like tonight’s in Rapid City.
“We’ve been working since last December on events to celebrate the anniversary of the nineteenth amendment,” Kinsman said. “As you might imagine, in April of this year, we had to do a pivot this year because of COVID. So a lot of the events that we’re doing now are virtual across the state.”
Here is a complete list of the events:
Aug. 17-26, 2020 – Celebration Week
- Aug. 18 – Cheers to 100 Years: Virtual Centennial Celebration Launch to commemorate the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920
- Aug. 18 – Main Street Square event, 7 – 8:30 p.m. – state-wide video debut
- Aug. 19 – “How Radical” podcast launch featuring Governor Kristi Noem
- Aug. 20 – TedX Sioux Falls – Was Suffrage Worth the Struggle?
- Aug. 21 – Honor a Woman Day
- Aug. 24 – Facebook Live featuring the tie between women’s suffrage and prohibition
- Aug. 26 – Forward into Light & Statewide Virtual Toast to commemorate the date in 1920 when the 19th Amendment was officially signed into law (light up Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse … in purple and gold).