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Are You Ready to Celebrate the Women’s Suffrage Centennial?

Did you know that 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment? Why is this an important milestone for Girl Scouts (and American women in general)? The 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides men and women with equal voting rights. The ratification of this amendment was the culmination of decades of determined campaigning by countless women (and some men too!) for equal voting rights under the law. The legacy of this group of determined advocates has positively impacted generations of Americans and we want to celebrate their achievement. To the change makers of the past, Girl Scouts says well done, sister suffragettes!

So how can we celebrate the hard work that led to this important milestone? Here are a few ideas to add to your plans for 2020.

Explore the Suffragettes

The women’s suffrage movement in the US is an important part of our nation’s story. From the Seneca Falls convention in 1848 through the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, the determination of those involved to overcome opposition and reach their goal is astounding.

Through protests, picket lines, and even jail, the suffragettes persevered. And that’s a story worth exploring! So head to your local museum, the library, or try a Google search and dive into the stories of the women’s rights movement in your area. You’re sure to be inspired by their heroism and determination!

As Elizabeth Cady Stanton stated, “The right [to vote] is ours. Have it, we must. Use it, we will!”

Exercise Your Right to Vote

What better way to honor the legacy of those who fought for voter equality than by exercising your right to vote? So set your calendar for the next election day, research the ballot issues, and cast your vote with pride.

Not sure how to register and/or what the requirements are to vote in the US? You can find the information you need here.

Girl Scouts Earn Your Age Level’s Citizen Badge

As part of the legacy badge topics, each age level in Girl Scouts has the opportunity to earn a Citizen badge. From Brownie’s Celebrating Community to Ambassador’s Public Policy badge, there’s so much to explore as you learn the ins and outs of being a responsible citizen. So if you’re a Girl Scout, a parent of a Girl Scout, or a troop leader, add earning a Citizen badge to your year plan for 2020! You can check out Citizen badge options for each age level on our Award and Badge Explorer.

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