American Suffragists Centennial Motorcycle Ride Celebrates Historic Women’s Right to Vote

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Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the American 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, The Suffragists Centennial Motorcycle Ride (SCM2020) is a cross-country motorcycle riding event designed to respect the history of great women in America and to inspire modern women to make their own unique mark on history. Ten starting cities with up to 100 riders each will flow together as they head east towards Washington, D.C. celebrating the centennial of the signing of the 19th amendment – women’s right to vote in the United States. Each of the routes will feature historical points of interest as they roll through the beautiful American countryside. The female-focused, three-week cross-country motorcycling event will commence Friday, July 31, 2020 and end on Sunday, August 23, 2020.

This Suffragists Centennial Motorcycle Ride and cross-country event will provide multiple experiences for all disciplines of motorcycle riders in celebration of the centennial of women’s suffrage. The United States 19th Amendment provided women with the right to vote and is seen as a significant historical event in the journey towards equality and empowerment for women. Partnering with local, state and federal organisations, SCMR2020 will broadcast and amplify the message of women’s freedom, excitement and empowerment through motorcycling.

While the ultimate goal is to create an atmosphere of celebration and unity among female motorcyclists, SCMR2020 welcomes all riders; male and female, all brands of motorcycles, two and three-wheeled machines and even non-riders.

New Zealand was the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in, but not to stand for, parliamentary elections in 1893.
The colony of South Australia allowed women of European descent to vote and stand for election in 1894 (although Australian Aboriginal women did not obtain universal suffrage until 1962).  In Sweden, conditional women’s suffrage was granted during the age of liberty between 1718 and 1772.

To join the ride, visit the website and sign up!

*SOURCE Press Release SCMR2020

More About the 19th amendment to the US Constitution

The 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment recognising women’s right to vote. August 2020 marks the 100th anniversary and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. Across the country, an array of activities, events, and exhibits are planned for a year-long centennial celebration.

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Photo: Suffragists march for the right to vote in a Washington, D.C., parade on March 13, 1913. It took six more years for Congress to pass the 19th Amendment, which once it was ratified by the states, gave women the vote. (Bain News Service/Library of Congress)

These exhibits dig deeper into the issue of women’s voting rights.

“Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence”: Photos and objects on display at the National Portrait Gallery through January 5, 2020.

“Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote”: Personal letters, rare film, photos and scrapbooks created by suffragists such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. At the Library of Congress through September 2020.

“Five You Should Know: African American Suffragists”: National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote”: Records, artefacts and photos exhibited at the National Archives through January 3, 2021.

All Work No Pay: A History of Women’s Invisible Labor” looks at women’s unpaid labour on the home front, including costumes from colonial America and objects highlighting how many women’s tasks cross race and class divides.

Opening March 6 and running for a year, “Creating Icons: How We Remember Women’s Suffrage” will take a jewel box approach, displaying artefacts like a portrait of Susan B. Anthony dating to 1900, items donated to the National American Women’s Suffrage Association between the amendment’s passage in 1919 and its ratification in 1920, and contemporary items from the 2017 Women’s March.


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