The Florida Commission on the Status of Women, in partnership with the Florida Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, is excited to announce Florida Suffrage Tea Time, a virtual series of monthly fun and informative interviews, lectures, and discussions on the Woman’s Suffrage Movement. You bring your tea and internet, and we’ll provide the rest!
2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment which enfranchises US citizens regardless of sex. For 70 years, women throughout the United States had petitioned at the state and national levels for their right to vote, and on August 18, 1920, US women won a huge battle with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Work was still left to ensure voting rights for all women, especially in the Jim Crow south, and Women of Color would not have full legal voting rights and protections until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Join us throughout 2020 and 2021 as we commemorate and celebrate the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment and the women who faced hot water fighting for their rights.
Thursday, November 19 at noon
In November, Florida Supreme Court Justice Jamie R. Grosshans, Florida State Representative and member of the Florida Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission Fentrice Driskell, and Florida Bar President Dori Foster-Morales will join FCSW Commissioner Melanie Bonanno to discuss the impact of women in the judiciary. The panel will focus on how suffrage opened the door for women to serve on juries, become attorneys and judges, and run for elective office.
Suffrage Tea Time on Thursday, September 24 at noon! Commissioner Cara C. Perry welcomes Tiffany Baker and Rachel Porter of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum to explore the National Archives "Rightfully Hers" travelling exhibit, along with suffrage artifacts on loan from Mr. Ronald L. Book and Senator Lauren F. Book.
University of Florida professors Dr. Sharon Austin and Dr. Ashley Preston join Commissioner Lady Dr. Dhyana Ziegler for a discussion on the involvement and legacy of African American women in the women’s suffrage movement, including Florida’s own Mary McLeod Bethune.
Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee joins Commissioner Sophia Eccleston for a discussion on voting in Florida since suffrage.
Dr. Kathryn Steinhaus joins Commissioner Rachel Saunders-Plakon for a discussion on women's suffrage and the 1918 influenza pandemic.