The United States Capitol Building

via Women’s Fund Rhode Island

The 19th Amendment to the U.S Constitution became law in 1920 on August 26, a date now recognized nationwide as Women’s Equality Day. To celebrate this year’s 99th Anniversary, the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island has joined with a number of nonprofit organizations and community leaders to increase the number of people voting in 2020.

On August 26, 2019, the organization will be offering a workshop to train volunteers on the RI voter registration process from 3-4pm in the State House Library. Afterward, volunteers will gather on the State House steps for a picture and a commemorative “Toast to Tenacity” in tribute to the suffragists who fought for American women’s right to vote and the recognition that true gender equity has not yet been achieved.

“The Anniversary gives us an opportunity to reflect on nearly 100 years of (white) women’s right to vote, along with the recognition that it took much longer for our sisters of color to achieve that same right,” said Kelly Nevins, Women’s Fund of Rhode Island’s Executive Director. “Until we see 50-50 shared leadership among women and men in business and government AND see the gender wage and wealth gap close, we still have a long way to go before we truly achieve gender equity.” 

Both the training and the Toast will kick off a year-long effort to increase voter participation in the 2020 election. To that end, several organizations and their volunteers will be attending a voter registration training workshop from 3-4 in the State House library. Participating organizations and sponsors include: 

  • RI National Organization of Women (NOW)
  • League of Women Voters of Rhode Island
  • The Womxn Project
  • Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island 
  • RI Federation of Republican Women 
  • Rhode Island Coalition for Reproductive Freedom
  • BrightStars 
  • Democratic Women’s Caucus 
  • RI Department of State
  • IGT

Anyone interested in joining the events may register; interested parties do NOT have to attend the training to be part of the Toast.

The Toast will include a short speaking program from 4-4:30pm on the State House steps facing the train station. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved inside into the State House Rotunda. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and Lt. Governor Daniel McKee are expected to share their thoughts about the anniversary and encourage civic engagement through voting. The highlight of the Toast will be when the group hoists a celebratory drink into the air for a group photo.

In order to ensure that we enough Toast in supply, we ask people to register using this link:–toast-to-tenacity-2138739046

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