This August marks the 100 year anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Honoring this, Aspen Snowmass, alongside Aspen Historical Society, will be hosting an activation in the Snowmass Base Village Gondola Plaza Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The activation will be both educational as well as an opportunity to register to vote.
Educators from Aspen Historical Society will be on-site answering questions and speaking to the historically significant passage of the 19th Amendment, the immense effort it took to sign into law, the voter groups that the Amendment left out, and how voter equality has been a continuous journey across multiple centuries.
“When the 19th Amendment was adopted on Aug. 18, 1920, its passage into law marked a monumental milestone in the fight for voter equality,” says Aspen Historical Society President and CEO, Kelly Murphy. “Though the women’s suffrage movement was not free from racism and left significant obstacles that largely prevented women of color, native women, and other disenfranchised groups from voting, the 19th Amendment remains a historic victory that paved the way for subsequent legislation. This centennial anniversary provides an opportunity to educate around the shortcomings of the 19th Amendment as well as the efforts to eliminate unfair voting practices that continue today.”
A pop-up display titled Rightfully Hers will provide historical context about the 19th Amendment. Presented by the National Archives in partnership with the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, the display is “part of a nationwide initiative that explores the generations-long fight for universal women suffrage.”
“It took the women’s suffrage movement almost 75 years of relentless work for the 19th Amendment to come to fruition,” says Rana Dershowitz, chief operating officer, mountain division, and chief legal officer for Aspen Snowmass. “But the passing of the amendment only granted white women the opportunity to vote. It wasn’t until 1965 when the Voting Rights Act was passed that people of color were first given federal protection for their right to vote. And since then, we have had to continuously litigate, update and amend our laws to seek to ensure true voter inclusion. Today, 100 years later, inequality is still prevalent in the United States, across race, class and gender, which is why it’s more important than ever for all of us to engage in civic discourse and exercise our hard fought right to vote.”
For more information about the activation, visit www.aspensnowmass.com/while-you-are-here/events/womens-suffrage.