Published : Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 5:51 AM
The women’s right to vote was passed by Congress in 1919 and ratified in 1920. That right was achieved after many years of protest and struggle to do away with discrimination.
Spearheaded by Margaret McAustin, a new committee was formed to recognize the passage of the important equal rights issue and to oversee events related to women. The City of Pasadena’s celebrations kick off in March 2019 by commemorating Women’s History Month. The committee hopes to build momentum in 2019, culminating with a wide variety of events in 2020.
The City of Pasadena has unveiled its new commemorative logo at the March 4 City Council meeting. The logo was designed by Sonia P. Rodriguez, a graphic artist with the City’s print shop, in coordination with Councilmember McAustin and committee members.
The logo’s colors have both historical and symbolic significance, paying homage to the women’s suffrage movement. The Suffragist, Vol. 1 No. 4, published on December 6, 1913, describes the symbolism of the colors: “Purple is the color of loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause. White, the emblem of purity, symbolizes the quality of our purpose; and gold, the color of light and life, is as the torch that guides our purpose, pure and unswerving. The City signature rose is also proudly highlighted in the logo.
A list of local programs and events commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote is forthcoming and will be posted on the City of Pasadena’s website. If interested in collaborating please contact Lisa Derderian at (626) 744-4755.