In 2020 the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial organized a number of activities and programs to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Catalyzed by Indiana Humanities, the Indianapolis Propylaeum, the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana Historical Bureau, the group worked with a state commission and many grassroots and local partners to communicate about and hold events.

Through the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial, we invited Hoosiers to honor the ideas and ideals that fueled the suffrage movement in Indiana, and the people who led the way; to engage in a conversation about inclusion, equity, perseverance and power; to consider what remains to be done to ensure that our democracy truly includes everyone; and to identify and act on the lessons of the women’s suffrage movement.

Two projects that will leave a legacy for future generations include the May Wright Sewall Fellowships and the Preserving Women’s Legacy Grants.

Program Highlights


An Act of Tardy Justice

Today, women’s suffrage seems like an obvious component of democracy. One hundred years ago, it was a controversial idea that even some women opposed. Championing it required courage, perseverance and organized activism.

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Preserving Women's Legacy Grants

Created to catalyze Main Street communities to discover, preserve and activate locations that tell stories about women’s contributions in Indiana, these one-time grants are a legacy project of the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial

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A number of resources were developed for the centennial, including materials for teachers, a timeline, a speakers bureau and more.

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Contact Beth Kloote, Office Manager / Executive Assistant:
bkloote@indianahumanities.org | 317.616.0007

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