Congressionally designated at Women’s Equality Day, August 26th commemorates the date in 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified and women’s right to vote was secured. In anticipation of the centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2020, the 2017 celebration of Women’s Equality Day begins a National Park Service multi-year initiative to explore the legacy of American Women, Telling All Americans’ Stories. Freedom’s Way joins this initiative, deepening our exploration of women within the heritage area as we explore how they shaped our American story.
The equal rights movement highlights the strength and courage of women, faced with social constraints, who chose not to be constricted by conventional gender roles, instead becoming active participants in American society. In March 2017, exploring and expanding our knowledge of the remarkable women within Freedom’s Way, we profiled Hazel MacKaye, whose path brought her to Washington, D.C. in March of 1913.
As FWNHA celebrated National Women’s History Month, we uncovered many amazing stories of ordinary and extraordinary women within our heritage area. The National Women’s History Project has announced the theme for National Women’s History Month 2018: Nevertheless She Persisted—Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. As Freedom’s Way deepens its exploration of the stories of all women across the heritage area and how we will share them, we need to begin collecting these stories.
We invite you to reach out to us by email or phone [978-772-3654] to share names and stories of women within Freedom’s Way who have helped shaped our American story and the story of Freedom’s Way.
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