Published : Friday, September 20, 2019 | 11:17 AM
In the 2020 Rose Parade, a Women’s Suffrage Float will lead the way into the 100th Anniversary Commemoration of the Passage of the 19th Amendment, securing for women, their right to vote.
Offered by a wide representation of women and women’s groups to the 2020 Rose Parade, the float, “Years of Hope. Years of Courage” will commemorate that expansion of democracy. The float’s grass-roots organizer, Pasadena Celebrates 2020, is under the umbrella of the National Women’s History Alliance, a nonprofit committed to the goals of education, empowerment, equality and inclusion.
2020 is the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. With Hope and Courage, women campaigned for 72 years to have a voice in their government. Even with this voting victory on August 26, 1920, minority women still faced challenges to their voting rights.
The 2020 parade themed “Power of Hope” is a great opportunity to illuminate this historical event. The float will feature a 30-foot Statue of Liberty, a symbol of enlightenment, holding the tablet of the 19th amendment and dressed in a suffrage sash. The Float honors those upon whose shoulders the vote was won. And banners in front of the Statue of Liberty encourage the right to vote for all Americans. Riders on the float will include a “Bouquet of Suffrage Descendants” – those in direct line to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, and Frederick Douglass. Other distinguished advocates for equality will be announced soon. The float is designed as a symbol of inspiration and a reminder for all Americans to recognize the responsibility and the power to Vote.
In honor of the 100th Anniversary, the PC2020 Group is launching two opportunities for the public to be part of this exciting and historic celebration. The first is a chance for only 100 people to walk the 5 miles down Colorado Blvd, behind the float during the 131st Rose Parade on January 1, 2020 in Pasadena, California. These out-walkers, dressed in white with historic sashes, memorialize the Suffrage Campaigns. For more information on becoming an “out-walker” please click here.
The second opportunity to be a part of this celebratory float is the purchase of floral vials. The float will be covered with vials of yellow roses, the flower which indicated support for Women’s Right to Vote. The names of the donors are written on the vials and will be placed on the float. Anyone can purchase and name a vial to honor this suffrage victory. For more information about the Rose Vial Program please click here.
Learn more about volunteering, donating, or participating at www.pasadenacelebrates2020.org.
About Pasadena Celebrates 2020
In 2018 Nan Johnson, retired Political Science Adjunct Professor at the University of Rochester, NY, founding director of the Susan B. Anthony Center and President of the AAUW (Rochester), moved to Pasadena and wondered what could be done to honor the Suffrage Centennial.
On January 30, 2019, Johnson and nearly one hundred women and men met to plan a 2020 celebration of Women’s Right to Vote, but a float would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The group of volunteers pledged to fundraise for this float as a kick-off for this historical centennial.
To date, more than half of the funds have been raised through grass-roots efforts from individuals who believe in this monumental tribute to women’s right to vote.
Among the organizations supporting this float are the League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, National Federation of Business and Professional Women, National Council of Negro Women, National Women’s Hall of Fame, Commission on the Status of Women (Pasadena) and the National Women’s History Alliance.
Additional individual donors and supporters are Congressman Adam Schiff, Congresswoman Judy Chu, State Senator Anthony Portantino, LA County District 5 Supervisor Kathryn Barger, President of the NAACP (Pasadena) Allen Edison, and many others. For more information, to donate to the fundraising– see https://bit.ly/2uYrbBm.