In 2020, the 19th Amendment turns 100 years old and many people around the country will be celebrating. The amendment prohibited voter discrimination based on gender. However, while historic, the 19th Amendment only benefited white women. For decades, women of color were unable to vote. It was not until 1965 when the Voting Rights Act was passed. Even after the law was supposed to provide protection and equality, voting is still difficult for many modern women. Barriers such as transportation, childcare, access to the polls, and employment still prevent women from exercising their right to vote. During our "Political Me" event, we will honor the 19th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act, while highlighting ways that women's votes are still actively suppressed today.
At this panel discussion, several women who are shaping the future in their own communities through political engagement will share their stories. Our panelists will represent various roles and affiliations across the political spectrum. You will hear about their paths to politics, their greatest victories and frustrations, and ways that we can all become more involved.
Whether you consider politics a personal interest, a volunteer opportunity or a career aspiration, join us to find out how to use your talents to reach your full political potential.