First Lady Kathy Evers visited the Sheboygan County Historical Museum Saturday, February 22, to share in the centennial celebration of women’s suffrage. Wisconsin was the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment and the event was held in celebration of the 100th anniversary of that, as well as its later adoption to the U.S. Constitution in August of 1920. As the chair of the Committee to Celebrate the Centennial of Wisconsin’s Ratification of the 19th Amendment, Kathy spoke to a full room about the history of the suffragist movement and the importance of continuing to work towards making sure voting is easy and accessible for everyone.
Governor Tony Evers was also in attendance and spoke briefly, echoing much of what the First Lady had shared.
Simone Munson, the Collection Development Coordinator for the Wisconsin Historical Society, then made a presentation, “The Woman’s Hour has Struck.” In it, she shared how Wisconsin played a role in the women’s suffrage movement and how that role fit in with the national movement through stories of leaders, tactics, losses, and victories as women worked for the right to vote.
For more information about the history of the suffrage movement in Wisconsin and the ongoing centennial celebration visit https://womenvotewi.wi.gov/. To exercise your right to vote, make sure you’re registered by visiting myvote.wi.gov.
Photo courtesy of Sheboygan County Historical Museum.