City of Pasadena Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote

PASADENA, Calif.—Councilmember Margaret McAustin is spearheading a committee comprised of City representatives, in collaboration with the Commission on the Status of Women, to recognize the centennial passage of the 19th Amendment which guarantees equal voting rights to American women.

Passed by Congress in 1919 and ratified in 1920, the 19th Amendment was achieved after decades of protest and struggle to ban discrimination. The City of Pasadena’s celebration of this landmark victory for women will kick off in March 2019, joining other efforts throughout the city commemorating Women’s History Month. The committee hopes to build momentum in 2019, culminating with a wide variety of events in 2020.

The City is calling on both women and men to join in the national celebration and take pride in the 19th Amendment’s passing and its impact on our country. The goal is to highlight women’s accomplishments over the years in various fields, including government, science, literature, and the arts. Other community partners include Vision 2020; Pasadena Museum of History; Pasadena Unified School District; One City, One Story; Tournament of Roses; and others yet to be announced.

“We want to collaborate with city stakeholders to not only reflect on the past 100 years and the changemakers who broke barriers but also to remind ourselves that there is still much work to be done to achieve full equality for women and girls in this country,” said Councilmember McAustin.

As part of the kick-off, the City will unveil a commemorative logo at the March 4 City Council meeting. The logo was designed by Sonia P. Rodriguez, a graphic artist with the City’s print shop, in coordination with Councilmember McAustin and committee members. The logo’s colors have both historical and symbolic significance, paying homage to the women’s suffrage movement. The Suffragist, Vol. 1 No. 4, published on December 6, 1913, describes the symbolism of the colors. “Purple is the color of loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause. White, the emblem of purity, symbolizes the quality of our purpose; and gold, the color of light and life, is as the torch that guides our purpose, pure and unswerving.” The City’s signature rose is also proudly highlighted in the logo.

A list of local programs and events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote is forthcoming and will be posted on the City of Pasadena’s website. If interested in collaborating, contact Lisa Derderian at (626) 744-4755.

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