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 commemorated the efforts of American women's struggle to gain the right to vote in national elections. Join the Shafer Historical Museum in continuing to honor 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. 



Methow Valley women were - and are - strong and clever. Learn about women living in Methow Valley in the early 1900s and beyond.

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



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


Mayor Carlene Anders, Pateros

Mayor Cindy Gagne, Omak

Mayor Soo Ing-Moody, Twisp

Mayor Marylou Kriner, Tonasket

Mayor Sally Ranzau, Winthrop


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.