100 Years: Celebrating Cambridge Women's Suffrage

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Cambridge is celebrating the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment and recognizing the Cambridge women who fought tirelessly for women’s right to vote.  To commemorate this momentous occasion, the City is both commissioning a public art piece and hosting an event series. 

Public Art Committee 

At the direction of the City Council, City Manager Louis A. DePasquale has established the Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Committee to commission public artwork.  The City is committed to commissioning art that recognizes the representative story of the 19th Amendment and highlights the contributions of underrepresented Cambridge women.  With the support of City staff, the Committee will:

  • Set goals for the public art piece;
  • Draft a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking artist proposals;
  • Work with the City to determine location;
  • Participate in public outreach and review public input on the artist proposals and location; and
  • Lead the selection process from a group of finalists.

The Committee aims to publicly announce the selected proposal during the 100th anniversary celebration in August 2020.

Event Series

A working group, led by the Chair of the Civic Unity Committee, is planning three major events from September 2019 to August 2020.  While each event will have a different focus, all events will recognize the contributions of underrepresented women and the continuing struggle for equality and enfranchisement.  

Join us for our first event!

Claiming Our Seats: A Kitchen Table Dialogue on Women's Voting Rights

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
6:00-8:30 PM
Main Library Lecture Hall

Register Now!


Additional information on these two key initiatives is available below. 


Public Art

The Cambridge Arts Council has released the Committee's Call to Artists: Request for QualificationsSubmissions are due September 30, 2019.  Please review the RFQ and visit Cambridge Arts for additional information on how to apply.

The next Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 6:00-8:00 P.M.  Meeting minutes and additional details are available under the Art - Committee Documents tab.


Event Series

Join us for our first event!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
6:00-8:30 PM
Main Library Lecture Hall

Join us for a thought-provoking roundtable discussion on the upcoming centennial of 19th Amendment.  August 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, when women won the right to vote. During this discussion we will ask: which women?

Dr. Jennifer GuglielmoRev. Irene Monroe, and Dr. Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson will engage us in a reflective dialogue about women’s rights across the 20th and 21st centuries, moderated by Andrea Asuaje.



Public Art

The Committee has developed a tentative project timetable, which includes anticipated meeting dates.

Event Series

Join us for our first event!

Claiming Our Seats: A Kitchen Table Dialogue on Women's Voting Rights

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
6:00-8:30 PM
Main Library Lecture Hall

Register Now!

A second event will be held in/around February 2020, and the anniversary event will be held in/around August 2020.  

The Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Public Art Committee members are:

  • Barbara Berenson, author of Massachusetts in the Women Suffrage Movement
  • Sarah Burks, Historical Commission
  • Marian Darlington Hope, member of the Pentecostal Tabernacle; Cambridge resident
  • Tanya Ford, Executive Director, Election Commission
  • Aliyah Gary, Founder/Principal of Cambridge Real Estate School and iCare Realty; serves on Cambridge Arts Advisory Board; Cambridge resident
  • Jane Kamensky, Director of Schlesinger Library; Cambridge resident
  • Vanessa Till Hooper, Founder/Creative Director at Studio HHH, a digital design studio developing permanent or temporary experiences within the built environment; Cambridge resident
  • Gail Willett, fiber artist; Cambridge resident
  • Kimberly Sansoucy, Women’s Commission
  • Honorary Members - Kim and Sofia Bernstein, mother and daughter (VSUS) interested in having a monument for women’s suffrage; working to put a woman on the $20-dollar bill

The Committee will also include and work with the full support of staff members from the Arts Council, Department of Public Works, the Election Commission, the Historical Commission, and the Women’s Commission.


19th Amendment Centennial Events

Join us for our first event!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
6:00-8:30 PM
Main Library Lecture Hall

Register Now!

Join us for a thought-provoking roundtable discussion on the upcoming centennial of 19th Amendment.  August 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, when women won the right to vote. During this discussion we will ask: which women?

Dr. Jennifer Guglielmo, Rev. Irene Monroe, and Dr. Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson will engage us in a reflective dialogue about women’s rights across the 20th and 21st centuries, moderated by Andrea Asuaje.


The second event (February 2020) will focus on Cambridge Suffrage history, including key milestones and the diverse Cantabrigians who led the movement.  

The centennial event (August 2020) will look to the road ahead and the importance of continuing to expand the rights of citizenship and enfranchisement. 

Additional details coming soon!

Jennifer Mathews
Assistant to the City Manager
City of Cambridge
(617) 349-4221
jmathews@cambridgema.gov

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