100 Years of Women's Votes

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States


May 21, 1919 passed in the House of Representatives; June 4, 1919 approved in the Senate. Ratified by 3/4 of states on August 18, 1920. Certified by Secretary of State on August 26, 1920, when it became law.

In 2020 we commemorate the efforts of American women's struggle to gain the right to vote in national elections. Join the Shafer Historical Museum in honoring all of the women of the Methow Valley, past and present.

Bike-Hike-Drive-SKi Tour

Celebrate the freedom of a bicycle ride. And a ski. And to drive yourself. And to get out to explore nature.

A kid-friendly collection of local history-based adventures by bike, on foot or in the car.

COMING SOON

Summer Exhibition

Methow Valley women were - and are - strong and clever. Learn about women living in Methow Valley in the early 1900s as women gained the right to vote.


@Winthrop's Mack Lloyd Park, Sundays, August 23 & 30

Lecture Series

Thursday, Oct. 22

Recording Available

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Join historian Shanna Stevenson for a lecture on Washington State women's history.

Date TBD-Methow Valley Grange, Twisp

Free admission, with thanks to anonymous donors.

The Shafer Museum's 2020 Methow Valley Votes for Women project is funded by the Washington State Women's Commission and the Washington State Historical Society through the Votes for Women Centennial Grant Program.www.suffrage100wa.com

WOMEN MAYORS OF THE OKANOGAN

MAKING HISTORY IN 2020

FIVE women are currently serving as mayors in Okanogan County: Winthrop, Twisp, Omak, Pateros and Tonasket. We invite you to gather together for a friendly, virtual conversation about women, civic leadership, and voter participation. A conversation not about politics or campaigns, but about women leading in our communities by serving as mayors.

View the recording on the Shafer Museum's YouTube Channel

Panelists:

Mayor Carlene Anders, Pateros

Mayor Cindy Gagne, Omak

Mayor Soo Ing-Moody, Twisp

Mayor Marylou Kriner, Tonasket

Mayor Sally Ranzau, Winthrop

Moderators:

Kate Wallace Johnson & Suzanne Perin, Shafer Historical Museum

Pandemics. Wildfires. Floods. Economic Downturns. Voters’ Drives. Public Libraries. Garbage Pick-up. Schools. Of course we know Okanogan County women have long faced local challenges head on, and have been central to organizing solutions and to governing in our local communities! But when Shafer Museum researchers searched the archives of the Okanogan County Historical Society and its affiliated museums, little was found to show how Okanogan women were affected by the expansion of voting rights or Washington’s less restrictive laws on women’s political participation 100 years ago. So today, as we commemorate the Centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote in federal elections, the Shafer Museum invites everyone to time to stop, reflect, and record this unique moment in the history of women’s political leadership.