Women's Suffrage Centennial

Women's Suffrage Centennial Commemoration Events

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August 2019-August 2020
Historic Women's Suffrage Exhibit

Explore a display of The Hermitage Hotel's private collection of historic artifacts dating from the summer of 1920, when Suffragists were headquartered in the hotel. This display will be located in the lobby next to the reception desk, and will be open for all to see throughout the spring and summer of the centennial year.

More happenings at The Hermitage Hotel:

Take a sip back in time in The Hermitage Hotel's Oak Bar with a Suffragist-themed cocktail menu August 2019-August 2020. Enjoy this specially-crafted beverage experience inspired by the Prohibition-era and storied Woman Suffrage leaders like Carrie Chapman Catt and Ann Dallas Dudley.

During the summer of 2020 (June-August), Executive Chef Derek Brooks of The Hermitage Hotel's Capitol Grille features culinary delights dating back to the 1920s. These throwback dishes will be created to offer a taste of what Suffragists & politicians of the time enjoyed as they passed the 19th Amendment. Savor this culinary journey through history as Nashville celebrates the centennial of women's right to vote.

February-November 2020
Saints or Monsters: Political Cartoons of the 19th Amendment

Through the use of satire and caricature, editorial cartoons illustrate the political landscape and draw attention to the issues of the day. Educational, critical, and entertaining, the political cartoons in Saints or Monsters offer a window into history and show just how much was at stake for American women and our nation in the years leading up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment. On display at the Main Library, 615 Church Street.

March 2020-March 2021
Women's Suffrage Commemoration at the Parthenon

The Parthenon and Centennial Park were the destinations for the years-long struggle and debate for a woman's right to vote. From March 2020 through March 2021 the Parthenon will celebrate this history-changing accomplishment with an exhibit spotlighting the creators of the Woman's Building at the 1897 Centennial Exposition, including a family-friendly 'Dress the Part' area and links between Athenian democracy and American voting rights. Public programming will include informal programs near Centennial Park's Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument, a panel discussion of women’s rights from ancient Greece to modern times, and a recreation of the Suffrage walk from the Capitol to the steps of the Parthenon.

Opening Soon 2020-March 28, 2021
Ratified! Tennessee Women and the Right to Vote

In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the historic vote in the Tennessee legislature that ratified the 19th Amendment, the Tennessee State Museum will present a year-long exhibition to explore and understand why women wanted the right to vote, how they obtained it, and the key roles Tennesseans played in the national movement.

View the online exhibition at https://tnmuseum.org/Ratified-Statewide/.

May 1-December 31, 2020
We Count: First-Time Voters

We Count: First Time Voters, at Frist Art Museum, honors the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote by highlighting the history of voting in the United States and the first voting experiences of a diverse group of Nashvillians. Individuals will share their stories with artists, who will create visual representations of their voting experiences. The five artists include Beizar Aradini, Megan Kelley, Jerry Bedor Phillips, Thaxton Waters, and Donna Woodley.
Originally scheduled to be on view in the Conte Community Arts Gallery, the exhibition is now live at FristArtMuseum.org/WeCount.

Summer 2020, Thursday-Sunday
Suffrage Tea Series

The beginnings of the Women’s Suffrage Movement started over a simple afternoon tea amongst five women discussing moral and political injustices towards women. Soon, it became the launching platform as the movement gained momentum, allowing women a place to gather and organize their efforts in advancing the cause. Now, a century later, visitors and locals alike are invited to experience a suffrage tea in the Hermitage Hotel Veranda every Thursday through Sunday at 2pm/c to learn about the events that transpired inside the hotel leading up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Contact 615-244-3121 or email events@thehermitagehotel.com. Reservations are required at least 48-hours in advance and are limited based on social distancing guidelines.

June 2020
A Celebration of Suffrage

Nashville Repertory is proud to present an evening of original works commemorating the historic passage of the 19th Amendment. Featuring song, dance, and spoken word creations by both local and national theatrical artists, this one-night-only special event is a celebration of the trailblazing women who would change the landscape of our country. 

June-August 2020
Summer 2020 Female-Artist Music Series

In celebration of the centennial of women's suffrage, local Nashville women musicians will perform on the first Friday of each summer month, June-August. Appreciate Nashville's treasured female talent in the historic Grand Lobby of The Hermitage Hotel.

July 18-September 12, 2020
Monumental Women by Alan LeQuire

Inspired by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial, check out LeQuire Gallery’s summer exhibit called Monumental Women by Alan LeQuire.

August 2020
Opening of Votes for Women: The Legacy of the 19th Amendment

Nashville Public Library will open Votes for Women: The Legacy of the 19th Amendment. This permanent exhibit at the Main Library at 615 Church Street will tell the pivotal and dramatic story of Nashville's role in winning women the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It will provide a space to explore the core themes surrounding women's roles, democracy, and power. This virtual grand opening will be free and open to all.

August 2020
Continued Work

Intersection wraps up its 2020 initiative LISTEN, a year-long project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and lifting up the voices of women, with the world premiere performance of a newly commissioned work for instrumental ensemble and contemporary dance. Partnering with New Dialect, this work will explore the lessons we can learn from the passage of the 19th Amendment and how this connects to our life today.

Specific dates and locations to be announced.

August 2020
Songs of Suffrage

Nashville Opera presents Songs of Suffrage, a semi-staged story propelled by music of the suffrage movement, newly arranged for Nashville Opera. An all-local cast will perform songs written both in support of and against the movement, portraying women's struggle for equality. The performance takes place at the Tennessee State Museum.

August 2020
Yellow Rose Gala

Enjoy a spectacular evening in the setting of the Suffragists' headquarters, The Hermitage Hotel. This ticketed, multi-course dinner will feature notable women chefs brought in from across the country to celebrate the centennial of women's suffrage and the passing of the 19th Amendment. Proceeds from this event will benefit an organization actively involved with improving the livelihood of modern-day women.

August 6-18
Walls For Women

With 2020 marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote, DMA-events announces the creation of 10 original murals this summer by female artists in multiple communities across Tennessee.

August 8, 2020
Musica Nueve

Intersection presents a program in collaboration with the Global Education Center featuring the music of Cuban composers Tania Leon and Ileana Perez Velazquez. The program will connect with Intersection's 2020 initiative LISTEN, a year-long project celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and lifting up the voices of women. Other works on the program will include the world premiere of a new guitar concerto by Leo Brouwer and Cuban and Latin drumming presented by Global.

Leo Brouwer: NEW COMMISSION - Guitar Concerto for Guitar and Ensemble
Carlos Barbosa Lima, Guitar
Co-Commission with Global Education Center
Cuban and Latin Drumming
Ileana Perez Valazquez: Epur si muove (but it moves) (1998)
Tania Leon: Indígena (1991)
Tania Leon: sin normas ajenas (1994)

August 13-20, 2020
Prohibition-Era Themed Pop-Up Bar

In the summer of 1920 from inside the Oak Bar beneath The Hermitage Hotel, Suffragists lobbied the men of Capitol Hill for the right to vote. Although forbidden by prohibition, many legislators and lobbyists winked at the 18th Amendment while fighting for and against the 19th. Travel back in time to the final battleground of Woman Suffrage and honor this unique moment in history for an immersive, pop-up bar experience inside the storied Oak Bar.

August 18, 2020
Her Flag

On Tuesday, August 18, around noon at War Memorial Auditorium, Her Flag will be revealed in coordination with the re-enactment of the vote at the Capitol building that morning. Her Flag is a nationwide art and travel project created by artist Marilyn Artus who is collaborating with a woman artist from each of the 36 states that ratified the 19th Amendment to create a big 18'x26' flag. Each artist created artwork inspired by this anniversary that Marilyn turned into a stripe. This event will be a public performance, stitching the final stripe onto Her Flag. Higgins Bond is from Nashville and will be the last artist to add to the flag.

September 10-12, 2020
Her Story: Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration

Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Karen Walwyn, piano | Lorelei Ensemble, vocals

Joan Tower - Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman SiHyun Uhm - Ladybug in the Room Florence Price - Piano Concerto in One Movement Julia Wolfe - Her Story Live Recording | World Premiere | Nashville Symphony Co-commission

Be at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for the world premiere and live recording of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe's Her Story. Written to honor the centennial of the 19th Amendment, this powerful new work for orchestra and vocal ensemble Lorelei is Wolfe's latest composition to explore significant moments in the people's history of America. Joan Tower's rousing Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman sets the tone for this remarkable evening spanning multiple generations of composers. Also on the program are the distinctly American flair of Florence Price's rarely performed Piano Concerto in One Movement, and a playful contemporary work by SiHyun Uhm, a recent participant in the Nashville Symphony's Composer Lab & Workshop.

November 10 & 12, 2020
Vox Grata Presents: We Have a Voice

Vox Grata Women's Choir has participated in a consortium of choirs to commission a new choral work by American composer Andrea Ramsey entitled Suffrage Cantata. In addition to the Ramsey commission, the November program will also include the Tennessee premiere of Lifting as We Climb by American composer Joan Szymko. Both works will include narration highlighting the progression of historical events in women’s right to vote, and girls’ choirs from the Nashville School of the Arts and The Harpeth Hall School have been invited to participate in these concerts. The November 10th performance will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church and the November 12th performance will be at Second Presbyterian Church

Thank You

More than 40 Nashville-area organizations are participating in the 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration, including:

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