Pasadena Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote, Councilwoman to Unveil Commemorative Logo on Monday

Published : Friday, March 1, 2019 | 6:01 AM

Margaret McAustin

A new logo that commemorates the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote will be unveiled at the joint Pasadena City Council and Board of Education meeting Monday night.

Pasadena City Councilmember Margaret McAustin leads a committee comprised of city representatives and the Commission on the Status of Women, to recognize the centennial passage of the 19th Amendment which guarantees equal voting rights to American women.

“Right now, it’s top secret, but I can tell you the logo was designed by a woman,” McAustin said. “It will be unveiled by me on Monday night. It’s very important that the city recognize this important event and that we celebrate it. It’s important because Pasadena respects and empowers women.”

The logo was designed by Sonia P. Rodriguez, a graphic artist with the city, in coordination with Councilmember McAustin and committee members.

The logo’s colors are purple to symbolize loyalty, white for purity and gold for light and life. The city’s rose emblem is also embedded and a torch guides the way.

Additionally, the City of Pasadena will host a series of womens’ suffragette themed events through 2020, which will be announced soon.

The 19th Amendment was passed by Congress in 1919 and ratified in 1920 after decades of protest to fight discrimination. The City of Pasadena’s commemoration of this victory for women will launch in March celebrating Women’s History Month. The committee plans to build awareness and momentum in 2019 and there is a variety of events planned for 2020.

Collaborators include Vision 2020 (which may have a float in the 2020 Rose Bowl Parade), The Pasadena Playhouse and the Pasadena Museum of History, McAustin said.

The goal is to highlight women’s accomplishments over the years in various fields, including government, science, literature, and the arts. Other community partners include: the Pasadena Unified School District, One City, One Story, Tournament of Roses and others yet to be announced.

McAustin said it’s important to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote but the celebrations must serve as a symbol to keep moving forward.

She said she would also like to see more women in positions that are typically occupied by men and she’d like to see more women in office on a local level.

“I would love to have every commission populated by at least 50 percent women,” McAustin said. “But we as a city have not been able to achieve that and it’s not entirely within the city’s ability to do that.”

A list of local programs and events commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote is forthcoming and will be published in Pasadena Now.

The unveiling of the commemorative logo will take place at a special joint City Council and Pasadena Unified School District Board Of Education meeting on Monday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in collaborating on themed events and opportunities should contact Lisa Derderian at (626) 744-4755.

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