Readers Theater Performers Taking a Bow

Formed in early 2018, the LWVSC Centennial Committee led our commemoration of the important 100th anniversaries of women obtaining the vote in the United States, including the 19th Amendment passing the U.S. House and Senate in May and June 1919; the founding of the League of Women Voters in February 1920; and the ratification of the Amendment on August 18, 1920. The many commemorative activities are detailed below. And you can read more in our Centennial blog.

Presentation on History of Women's Suffrage at Planning Meeting

Dr. Amy Kinsel gave a slide presentation on Women and Activism at our annual planning meeting in August, 2020.

Missouri Hanna Historical Plaque in Edmonds
Phyllis Busch and Rita Ireland decorate the Missouri Hanna historical plaque
In "Interview with our Foremothers," a reader’s theater play written by Vicki Roberts-Gassler., six important women from the woman suffrage movement come back “from the beyond” to answer questions about their lives and their impressions of today’s world. Performed for the LWV of Snohomish County Birthday Luncheon by members of the League’s Centennial Committee: Karen Keenan, Sue Renhard, Phyllis Keiley-Tyler, Rita Ireland, Shirley Sutton, and Barbara Mitchell-Szwec.
In "Interview with our Foremothers," a reader’s theater play written by Vicki Roberts-Gassler., six important women from the woman suffrage movement come back “from the beyond” to answer questions about their lives and their impressions of today’s world. Performed for the LWV of Snohomish County Birthday Luncheon by members of the League’s Centennial Committee: Karen Keenan, Sue Renhard, Phyllis Keiley-Tyler, Rita Ireland, Shirley Sutton, and Barbara Mitchell-Szwec.

Performance of "Interview with Our Foremothers" at League Birthday Luncheon

At our annual birthday luncheon on February 22, members of the Centennial Committee performed "Interview with Our Foremothers," a reader's theater play written by Vicki Roberts-Gassler. Six important women from the woman suffrage movement come back “from the beyond” to answer questions about their lives and their impressions of today’s world.

Script for "Interview with Our Foremothers"

© 2020 by Vicki Roberts-Gassler. No permission or royalty fees are required for educational uses of this script. When used non-commercially, may be modified to reflect local or temporal needs. Playwright would appreciate hearing if it is used. Commercial Users: Please apply to the playwright: 1600 121st St. SE, M-104, Everett, WA 98208, for permission and royalty fees.

HIGHLIGHTS of our Centennial Celebration

Missouri Hanna Project

Key elements of the grant-funded project include:

Text: Rita Ireland, Graphics: Magrit Baurecht

A short biography of Missouri Hanna's life and accomplishments was cast on the panel. Here is the longer version of her amazing contributions.

For this and other projects, we received grants from the Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission and from the Votes for Women Centennial, Washington State Historical Society, and Washington State Women's Commission.

Centennial Grants Logos
Book Reading Suffrage

Around America to Win the Vote

In this 12-minute video Rita Ireland demonstrates how League members made the stories of women's suffrage come alive in their visits to elementary school classrooms in Snohomish County. Around America to Win the Vote was written by Mara Rockliff.

Programs, Articles, and Book Reviews

  • Reader’s Theatre performance of adaptation of "Failure is Impossible" by Rosemary H. Knower at LWVSC Annual Planning Retreat in August, 2019
  • Monthly articles and book reviews on notable facets and women of the suffrage movement in the LWVSC newsletter, The Voter

Podcasts and Radio Programs

Centennial Minutes

A project to share famous Washington state women who fought hard for our right to vote. We encourage the public to learn, ponder, and value civil engagement by understanding the contributions of these amazing activists.These one-minute stories (podcasts) are our way of sharing the energy of these unusually strong women who came long before us, as we honor the Centennial of our Right to Vote in 2020.

Emma Smith DeVoe: All our suffragists had different personalities and strengths. DeVoe’s style was: “Always be good-natured and cheerful."

May Awkwright Hutton: May worked with Emma Smith DeVoe, serving as first vice-president while Emma was president of the Washington Equal Suffrage Association. It was not always a smooth partnership…

Missouri Hanna: The first woman newspaper owner in our state, Missouri Hanna created The Edmonds Tribune.  She has been called “the Mother of Journalism” in Washington State.

Abigail Scott Duniway: Abigail came to the State of Washington to campaign for women’s suffrage in 1871, as Susan B. Anthony’s tour manager.

Catharine Paine Blaine: Catharine was the first Washington State suffragist, and the first known signer of the Seneca Falls Declaration to vote legally.

Adella Parker: People best remember her for being GUTSY! Adella started a campaign to recall the Mayor of Seattle, Hiram Gill, and succeeded. It’s quite a story.

Sacajawea: This Shoshone woman who guided Lewis and Clark in their journey west inspired a generation of Suffragists.

Linda Deziah Jennings: This creative suffragist edited the 1909 “Washington Women’s Cook Book,” which began with the assertion: “Give us the vote and we will cook. The better for a wide outlook.”

Mary Elizabeth Ordway: One of the first group of ten women who traveled by ship and through the Isthmus of Panama, Mary Elizabeth was among the many suffragists who successfully lobbied the Washington State Territorial Legislature for women’s voting rights in 1883.

Dr. Cora Smith Eaton: Dr. Eaton was a founding member of the Mountaineers. In 1909 she planted a Votes for Women banner at the summit of Mt. Rainier.

Dr. Nettie Craig Jones Asberry: The first African American woman to earn a doctorate, a Ph.D. in Music from the Kansas Conservatory of Music and Elocution. She founded the Tacoma Chapter of the NAACP in 1913.

Cornelia Experience Comstock Jenner: A leader in both the temperance movement and women’s suffrage.

League Ladies and Their Hats

Presentations and Films

  • Participation in costume at LWVWA State Convention events and in the Fourth of July parade in Edmonds
  • Speaker Karen Blair, women’s historian, at LWVSC Annual Meeting, May, 2019
  • Showings of films: One Woman, One Vote, Iron Jawed Angels, and Not for Ourselves Alone
  • Presentation on the history of Women's Suffrage, Amy Kinsel, via Zoom for LWVSC Planning Meeting in August

Learn about More Courageous Women, Past and Present

Click on the image to view full size and to read brief biographies of influential and important leaders in women's rights movements.

Resources on Women's Suffrage

Here are some resources to help you learn more about these milestones in American history: