CHARLESTON — The West Virginia State Capitol on Monday, Feb. 17, will feature displays from the W.Va. Women’s Commission Celebration of Women gaining the right to vote and ratification of the 19th Amendment.
More than 30 organizations are expected to fill the rotundas to provide educational information related to women’s suffrage. There will be displays in the upper House and upper Senate rotundas.
Media from across West Virginia heard an update on West Virginia’s Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment during the recent West Virginia Press Association’s Legislative Breakfast at the Culture Center in Charleston..
The year-long celebration of women’s suffrage is being headed by the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office. West Virginia Press Association, the state’s newspapers, and numerous other groups are partnering in the project.
West Virginia became the 34th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, on March 10, 1920. The Amendment was certified in August 1920.
Betsy DeBord, assistant executive director of the WV Press Association, told media that the August date will be celebrated with a 19th Amendment Gala during the West Virginia Press Association’s Annual Convention Aug. 7-8 in Charleston.
Jennifer Gardner, assistant communications director of the W.Va. Secretary of State’s Office, gave an update on the other activities and events coming up as part of the celebration.
Over the last six months, Secretary of State Mac Warner’s office has worked with community, civic, educational and political party leaders throughout the state to coordinate and promote a series of local events to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment.
The Coordinating Committee for the “WV Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment” consists of more than 40 individuals (View the list here). State Republican Party Chairwoman Melody Potter and State Democratic Party Chairwoman Belinda Biafore serve as honorary co-chairs of the Committee.
For more information on the WV Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment, including a growing list of events planned throughout the state, visit the WVSOS website at https://sos.wv.gov/about/Pages/WV19Amend.aspx