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.
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.
March 25 - CANCELLED
April 8 - CANCELLED
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.
The Legacy of Minoru Yasui & the WWII Japanese American Incarceration
Feat. Jessica Asai, a fourth generation Japanese American
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 - POSTPONED
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.
"Herstoric" Boise Walking Tours
Meeting Location Varies (see Events for details)
A&H’s History Programs Manager, Brandi Burns leads a series of “Herstoric” Boise walking tours to explore the suffrage spaces of our city, including civic and commercial buildings and homes of local suffragists. Join the adventure to learn about our built environment through the lens of women’s history.
*POSTPONED* April 22, 6 p.m. “Workin’ 9 to 5: Boise Suffragists in Downtown Boise" (New date TBA)
A walking tour of downtown Boise. Participants will discover civic and commercial buildings related to the history of women’s suffrage in Boise and learn how women influenced the city’s development. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Participants will meet on the Boise City Hall Plaza.
May 20, 6 p.m. "Home & Family: The Personal Lives of Boise Suffragists"
A walking tour of Boise suffragists’ homes. Participants will learn about the architecture of these structures, the women’s home and family lives, and the sacrifices made to secure women’s right to vote. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Meeting location TBA.
September 30, 6 p.m. “Lay Me Down on a Bed of Roses: Boise Suffragists in Their Final Resting Places"
A contemplative visits to Boise suffragists’ graves. This event is meant to honor the lives of women who worked to secure the vote for Idaho women. Event includes remarks about Boise suffrage history and guided walks around the cemetery to leave flowers at suffragists’ graves. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather (white, purple, or gold is encouraged!). Participants will meet at Morris Hill Cemetery.
"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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (208) 608-7050.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-608-7050 for a chance to be interviewed and featured in our short film, “When I’m Mayor.”
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.
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.
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.
Learn about the Idaho Women at 100 campaign.