Suffrage

So We Did, Celebrating Women's Suffrage at 100

So We Did: Celebrating Women's Suffrage at 100

In 2020, the Boise City Department of Arts & History leads the City’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which recognized the right to vote for many women—but not all. A year-long series of programs and events celebrates the Boise individuals who mobilized and empowered women to advocate for suffrage, and expands the conversation to include underrepresented groups. This anniversary brings Boiseans together to talk about the importance of civic participation in our community and address the work still to be done. All events are free and open to the public.

Quick Links

Exhibit
Lectures
Walking Tours
Community Film Screening
On Demand
Public Art
Get Involved


Boise Suffrage Proclamation
Notes from the City Historian
Idaho Women at 100

Exhibit

National Woman’s Party, “Standing Together: Women’s Ongoing Fight for Equality”
Boise City Hall, Downtown Lobby, 150 N Capitol Blvd
On display January 29 – October 1, 2020

Learn about the history of the 19th Amendment and women’s fight for equality through a traveling exhibit developed by the National Woman’s Party. Enjoy hands-on activities and pick up your copy of the Little Book of Boise Suffrage.

Opening Reception: January 29, 6-7:30 p.m.

Monthly Open Houses, 12-1 p.m.
February 19
March 25
April 8
May 13
June 10
July 15
August 19
September 9

Lectures

Fettuccine Forum: Suffrage and Citizenship: 100 Years of History
Boise City Hall, City Council Chambers, Third Floor, 150 N Capitol Blvd
Doors Open: 5:30 p.m. | Lecture: 6 p.m.

February 6
The Legacy of Minoru Yasui & the WWII Japanese American Incarceration
Feat. Jessica Asai, a fourth generation Japanese American

March 5
Water, Silver & Activism: Idaho’s Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1894-1920
Feat. Dr. Laura Woodworth-Ney, Executive Vice President and Provost at Idaho State University

April 2
Women’s Politics Didn’t Begin with the Vote: Race and Women’s Activism Before Suffrage
Feat. Leslie Dunlap, Professor of History, Women’s, and Gender Studies at Willamette University

Spill the Tea… on Suffrage
Boise City Hall, Greenbelt Room, Third Floor, 150 N Capitol Blvd
Doors Open: 5:30 p.m. | Lecture: 6 p.m.

“Spill the Tea…on Suffrage” is a three-part lecture series uncovering the national, regional, and local history of the enfranchisement of American women. We’ll dish the details, covering the who’s who of Boise suffragists, the helpers, and the hinderers.

May 7
August 6
September 3

Walking Tours

"Herstoric" Boise Walking Tours
Meeting Location Varies (see Events for details)

Explore the suffrage spaces of our city. Locations include civic and commercial buildings, as well as homes of suffragists.

April 22, 6 p.m.
May 20, 6 p.m.
September 30, 6 p.m.
October 21*, 6 p.m.

*The October 21 walking tour is a contemplative visit of Boise suffragists’ graves at Morris Hill Cemetery.

Community Film Screening

"When I'm Mayor" + Iron Jawed Angels (Age: 13+)
September 24, 6:30 p.m.
The Flicks, 646 W Fulton St

Discover Boise City Department of Arts & History’s premiere of “When I’m Mayor,” followed by a one-night-only screening of the HBO docu-drama, Iron Jawed Angels (2004), featuring Hilary Swank, Frances O’Connor, Julia Ormond, and Anjelica Huston. 

Free. Seating limited to 96. Registration required at Eventbrite.com (coming soon).

On Demand

Schedule permitting, the Boise City Department of Arts & History staff is available for additional “Spill the Tea… on Suffrage” lectures and “Herstoric” Boise Walking Tours. Schedule by emailing artsandhistory@cityofboise.org or calling (208) 608-7050.

Public Art

During the year, our Public Art Program Team will install and dedicate an artist-commissioned public artwork mounted to the south-facing façade of Boise City Hall in celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment. Visit this page for project updates.

Get Involved

COLLECTION
Do you have lived experiences, historical photos, or other information related to Boise’s suffrage movement? Consider sharing them with our History and Archives programs. Contact artsandhistory@cityofboise.org or call (208) 608-7050.

"WHEN I'M MAYOR" SHORT FILM
Are you a minor (17 or under) or the parent of a minor (17 or under)? Do you/they have dreams and aspirations for our city and community? Contact artsandhistory@cityofboise.org or call 208-608-7050 for a chance to be interviewed and featured in our short film, “When I’m Mayor.”

COMMUNITY QUILT
Do you wish to participate in creating a community quilt celebrating women’s suffrage? Create your own quilt block (dimensions: 12.5”x12.5”) or contribute fabric to be considered for use in the final quilt. Drop off at our office (150 N Capitol Blvd) or mail to PO Box 500, Boise, ID 83701.

#SOWEDID
Have you taken a leap of faith? Faced adversity, yet persevered? #SOWEDID is a powerful statement of the collective work done in the past and is an inspiration to current Boiseans to be a part of the change they wish to see in their communities. Post and tag your #SOWEDID moments on social media. 

Proclamation

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, Boise Mayor Lauren McLean issued and signed a proclamation declaring the 29th of January 2020, Boise Suffrage Day. Read the full text.

Notes from the City Historian

Idaho Women at 100

Learn about the Idaho Women at 100 campaign.

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