Women's Suffrage Centennial

Women's Suffrage Centennial Commemoration Events

Nashville organizations have joined together to create public dialogue, music, art, and education events to keep this important moment in history alive; recognize the work it takes to have a thriving democracy; and create opportunities for the entire community to participate in the dialogue, concerts, learning, events, exhibits, and voter education. 

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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 throughout 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.

The beginnings of the Women’s Suffrage Movement started over a simple afternoon tea amongst five women discussing moral and political injustices towards women. Now, a century later you can experience a suffrage tea Thursday-Sunday afternoons in the Veranda and learn about the events that transpired inside the hotel leading up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

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.

Enjoy an exclusive experience walking in the footsteps of a women's suffragist at The Hermitage Hotel with the Centennial Celebration PackageBook before August 31, 2020.

May 1, 2020-January 3, 2021
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.
On view in the Conte Community Arts Gallery and online at FristArtMuseum.org/WeCount.

Grayline Tennessee

Discover how Tennessee women successfully organized and lobbied to get the 19th Amendment passed which gave 27 million women in the United States the right to vote.

On this walking tour, you will also visit Centennial Park, Nashville Public Library, The Hermitage Hotel, Tennessee State Capitol, Bicentennial Park and Farmer’s Market, and Tennessee State Museum

Starting at $35 | Duration - 3.​5 hours | Offered Tuesdays & Thursdays

Please Note:

  • Tour departs from the Tennessee State Museum at 1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208.
  • Tour is approximately 1 mile - wear your walking shoes! This mile stretches over a period of about 3.​5 hours with several stops.
June 8, 2020-May 31, 2021
Opportunity and the Open Road: Women's Suffrage and Mobility

Opportunity and the Open Road at Lane Motor Museum displays vehicles that helped drive the Women’s Rights Movement. Since the early 20th century, women have relied on these and similar modes of transportation for independence, self-reliance, and freedom of mobility. The vehicles displayed here give voice to the unique perspective of women behind the wheel and the incredible importance of their journey.

July 17, 2020-January 13, 2021
We Have a Vision: Nashville Women from the Centennial to Suffrage

The exhibit in the Parthenon’s West Gallery examines the role of four influential Nashville women - Kate Kirkman, Anne Dallas Dudley, Kate Burch Warner, and Frankie Pierce - beginning with conversations about women’s suffrage that took place at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897 and continuing through the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920.

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.

July 31, 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 this 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/.

Mondays in August, 2020
Live from Nashville: Song Suffragettes

Every Monday in August, Nashville's all-female singer-songwriter collective Song Suffragettes will livestream performances from The Listening Room Cafe, in partnership with the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission.
August 3: Lindsay Ell
August 10: Maddie & Tae
August 17: Ashley McBryde
August 24: Runaway June

August 18-26, 2020
Commemorative Replica of 36-Star Ratification Flag

Members of the National Woman’s Party hand-sewed the original gold, white, and purple flag adding a star for each state that ratified the Amendment. The final star was sewn on August 18, 1920, when word was received by telegram that Tennessee had ratified the amendment, and soon the flag was unfurled by NWP leader Alice Paul from the balcony of the NWP headquarters in Washington, DC. The Museum’s symbolic unfurling of the replica outside the Museum is open to the public and will also be livestreamed on the Museum’s Facebook channel at 2:30pm/c on August 18. The banner will remain hanging through at least August 26, the date the 19th Amendment was officially signed into law.

August 19, 2020
Lunch & Learn: Why August 18, 1920 Still Matters?

Join Dr. Carole Bucy, Davidson County Historian and Volunteer State College professor, for a discussion on what changed in Tennessee, and what did not, as a result of ratification. Her talk will cover some of the lesser-known events of the summer of 1920, as well as some of the lesser-known women and men who were active in the fight for the vote. She will also talk about the expectations that were fulfilled, and those that were not. Bucy was an advisor Museum’s Ratified! exhibition and on the Votes for Women room at the downtown Nashville Public Library.

September 25-27, 2020
One Vote Won

On a big Election Day, Gloria, a young woman in her 20's, is squarely convinced that she does not need to go vote...that is, until she is befriended by two hidden figures from history. Will these civil rights legends convince her in time to make it to the polls? Nashville Opera is proud to present this true Nashville opera—beautifully written, composed, sung, and filmed by Nashvillians.

August 26, 2020
Tea & Justice Virtual Tea Party

The suffrage movement was born over a tea party turned launch pad for women’s rights. Tea became the centerpiece of fundraising, including the distribution of Equality Tea by the Women’s Suffrage Party. The ensuing sale and protests for the distribution of Equality Tea demonstrated that women’s votes were commercially and politically viable. Prepare tea in your favorite cup and come enjoy conversation and community with a panel discussion and small breakout tea parties with women across the country. The free tea party is hosted by Thistle Farms founder Becca Stevens, Fiona Prine, and special guests at 4pm on August 26.

August 26, 2020
Suffragette Soiree: A Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration

This special Wine Dinner celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Right to Vote. Chef Troy Tipton is working on a beautiful seven course dinner and Meg Hoberg is spearheading the perfect wine pairings. Cocktails feature their specialty “Le Centaire” a 1920s-inspired cocktail based on the original “French 75” popular during WWI and into the 1920s. We’ve come a long way, Ladies let’s toast to US! *Yes Men are Welcome Too!* Even more reason to attend – Makeready L&L will donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee. Dinner starts at 7pm.

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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