May 2020 – Some Virtual Resources to keep the Celebration Alive

Here are some virtual resources to share with branches or friends to help keep the 19th Amendment 100 year celebration alive during our quarantine days…

Here’s a link to a pdf with all of the above resources on one page.





AAUW Missouri History Updates from 19th Amendment 100 yr Celebration Research

It’s amazing what emerges from researching our state’s 100 year history of the 19th Amendment! While looking through old manuscripts about the founding of AAUW in Missouri, Ellen Irons discovered that our AAUW Missouri history was a little incomplete. She checked with Jane Biers, our State Historian, and discovered that the St. Louis Branch had been recorded as being founded in 1898, whereas it was founded the same year as Kansas City – 1893! So both sides of the state were the earliest branches to be created!!

The source document that revealed this discrepancy is a 498 page book written by Marion Talbot. It has a wealth of details about many of the activities carried out by the early branches and explains the relationship between the national organization and the branches. Of course, we were actually known as the Association of Collegiate Alumnae before 1921 – the pdf explains that history as well.

Here’s a link to a brief summary of the founding of AAUW in Missouri –

Here is the link to the 498 page full manuscript by Marion Talbot:

Here’s the link to a review of what AAUW early members did to contribute to the passage of the 19th Amendment – 


May 2020 Calendar Updates – 19th Amendment 100 year celebration events

Many events have been cancelled, but some are on hold or will be rescheduled. Check with the event venue or sponsor for any specific event you were hoping to attend.


Originally scheduled for March 20, 2020; “The Fight for Women’s Suffrage – Hard Lessons Learned” – Panelists Margot McMillen, author of “The Golden Lane: How Missouri Women Gained the Vote and Changed History” and Louise Wilkerson, Co-President, League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis & Past President, St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, 2010-2014; Hosted by the St. Louis Press Club, Co-sponsored by AAUW St Louis and St. Louis Metro LWV.

Will be rescheduled – tentatively for late September or October, 2020.

MO History Museum

  • Opening of “Beyond the Ballot” Special Exhibit postponed until further notice. Originally scheduled for April 16, 2020 – Will be rescheduled
  • Former LWVUS President Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins will share information on the Colored League that was very active in St. Louis in the 1920s. She will also sign copies of her book, The Untold Story of Women of Color in the League of Women Voters.

EXHIBITS – Still scheduled; hopefully will open later this spring or summer

  •  Columbia, MO Exhibit “She Got the Vote”  While all of our exhibits are closed to support the ‘stay at home’ directive, it is good to note that the exhibit, “She Got the Vote” will be on display through September 2020! So if you haven’t had the chance to see it, it’s hanging around for a while. We will be letting the public know as soon as we are open! exhibit focuses on the women’s suffrage movement in both Columbia, Missouri and the nation.  “She Got the Vote”; September 5, 2019 – September 30th, 2020  The exhibit can be found in the Walters East History Gallery at the Boone County History & Culture Center, Wednesday through Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sundays, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 3801 Ponderosa St, Columbia
  • Kansas City, MO   One Half of the People: Advancing Equality for Women” is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, and managed by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Services (NATES). This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Archives’ “Rightfully Hers” National Outreach Initiative to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Scheduled to come to Kansas City Public Library June 16, 2020 – August 18, 2020, Kansas City Public Library in Kansas City, MO,


AAUW Independence MO – 2020 Centennial Project Receives Incentive Grant

The AAUW Independence MO Branch has been awarded $225 by the AAUW MO Board towards their project: “Centennial of Women’s Vote: Their FightOur Right.”  The Project Description is:
“The AAUW Independence Branch will carry out events to make the community aware of the movement that resulted in women having the right to vote and to celebrate the efforts of those who made that a reality. By doing so, our goal is to instill enthusiasm in women today to exercise their right to vote.
To that end, our plan includes the following activities:
*  Donate books and DVD’s on the suffrage movement to the three local high school libraries.
*  March in community parades carrying banners, wearing sashes and pins, distributing brochures, bookmarks and other information about women’s voting rights.
*  Host several viewings of the movie “Iron Jawed Angels” for our members and the community.
*  Highlight a number of women important in the suffrage movement at our branch’s February meeting program and invite other local AAUW branches and the community to attend.
*  Print information on women’s voting rights to be distributed at our annual book sale.
*  Submit articles about the history of women’s voting rights to local newspapers, our branch newsletter,Facebook and our web site.
*  Register new voters in various venues and distribute information on the women’s vote.

The Branch has encouraged others to feel free to use any or all their ideas!

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