The Woodstock Folk Festival celebration kicked into high gear on August 5 and continues throughout the month.
- Woodstock Wednesdays, August 5, – Natalia Zukerman – musician, painter, and educator – creator of “The Women Who Rode Away”
- Woodstock Wednesdays, August 12 – Donna Herula – blues guitarist, singer, teacher
- Woodstock Wednesdays, August 19 – Holly Near – singer, songwriter, actress, teacher, activist
- Woodstock Wednesdays, August 26 – Tret Fure – singer, songwriter, artist, teacher, producer
- August 18 – 26 – learn more about Women’s Suffrage on the Festival website; August 26 – Women’s Equality Day and Toast To Tenacity; River Rock and Justice Bell projects; national celebration – more information will be posted on Festival website
To get weekly reminders about Woodstock Folk Festival events, go to woodstockfolkfestival.org and sign up on the right side of any page.
Events Sponsored by Other Organizations
There is much more going on of interest in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the U.S.:
- Monday, August 17 – 11 a.m./CDT – YouTube – conversation between Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, moderated by Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first African American Librarian of Congress
- Wednesday, August 26 – Women’s Equality Day
- 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m./CDT – Toast To Tenacity and Ringing of the Justice Bell – webcast available for free at women100.org; there’s a Toast to Tenacity Toolkit at the website for anyone who wants to organize sister events; Meghan Cary, who was featured in the July 22 Woodstock Wednesday and who will perform at the July 18, 2021 Woodstock Folk Festival, is part of this celebration;
- 7-9 p.m./CDT – “American Women’s Suffrage @100: Songs of Celebration & Struggle with Kristin Lems (Kristin performed at WFF April 5 concert) – NOW Chapter virtual meeting. Connect in via Zoom at this link:
- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85318835629?pwd=ZW1KVWdlOGozR29zU0h1Rms 3cXJRQT09
- Or dial in at 312-626-6799
- Specify meeting ID 853 1883 5629 with password 569464
- Or on your smartphone, just tap this link:
- 7-8 p.m./CDT – Facethemusic4era: Songs of Unity & Action virtual concert – Facebook Live & Online;
- 3 p.m./CDT – Lilly Ledbetter (the woman behind the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act) will be honored at National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY – see www.womenofthehall.org for more info;
- The Daily Herald published a list of 19 events – www.dailyherald.com
- WTTW (Channel 11; www.wttw.com) will air The Vote for 3 weeks beginning Tuesday, September 8 on American Experience
- On August 25 at 7 p.m., the Illinois Holocaust Museum, Women’s Vote 100 Evanston, and the Woman’s Club of Evanston will offer a symposium, “Rights, Responsibilities, and Roadblocks: Critical Stories Leading to the Passage of the 19th Amendment and Beyond”; go to www.ilholocaustmuseum.org and evanstonwomen.org for more information
- On August 26, from 10-10:30 a.m., get a virtual tour of “Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote” on the Evanston History Center’s Facebook page; the exhibit will be open from Noon to 4 p.m. after that. There is also a related exhibit “Rightfully Hers,” a popup exhibit from the National Archives, that opens on the 26th. You can visit the Evanston Women’s History Center and the Frances Willard home in Evanston.
- Dundee Township Historical Society Museum, 426 Highland Avenue, in West Dundee has an exhibit that is open Sundays and Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. by appointment only; mask and social distancing required
- On August 20 from 7:30-8:30 pm. There will be an online discussion of Elaine Weiss’ The Woman’s Hour; call 847-392-0100 for more information
- The Naperville Public Library has a program from 7-8 p.m. on August 24; go to www.naperville-lib.org for more info. Naper Settlement also has an exhibit.
- The Schaumburg Public Library has a talk on August 26 from 7-8 p.m.
- START TV has a suffrage timeline page on their website and pieces they have aired are available there; go to https://www.starttv.com/suffragemovement. Kristin Lems’ piece about Jane Addams will air there on Saturday, August 22nd
- Consider walking 1.9 miles (wear mask and socially distance of course) to honor those who marched and worked in so many ways over many years for the 19th Amendment
More resources for Women’s Equality Day are available at:
- https://www.2020centennial.org (has calendar with many events during August);
- the National Education Association at www.nea.org (includes teaching materials);
- and the Do One Thing organization at www.doonething.org
The Library of Congress website, www.loc.gov, has “19 Stories for 19 Days to the 19th Amendment” as well as information about the “Shall Not Be Denied” and “Rosa Parks” exhibits available at the Library and online. Due to the pandemic the exhibits have been extended into 2021.
August is National Women’s Suffrage Month. For more information, go to www.womensvote100.org.
Some local resources include: