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Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration


The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote. In honor of this important milestone in our nation’s history, the Board of Commissioners established the Celebration of Women’s Suffrage Ad Hoc Committee.

Throughout the next year, the committee will invite Oakland County residents to learn more about the history of women's suffrage through a variety of exciting programming and events. 

The members of the committee are:

Constitution Day - September 17th

The Celebration of Women's Suffrage Ad Hoc Committee has partnered with Oakland Schools to help educators lead exciting and educational programming for Constitution Day on September 17th in honor of the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage. Experts from Oakland Schools have compiled a number of high-quality lesson plans, which were created by trusted and reliable public and private organizations, that focus on Women's Suffrage and the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote. A link to the complete list of recommended lesson plans can be found here.

Constitution Day, whose origins date back to 1940, commemorates the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787. In 2004, Congress passed a law requiring federally funded educational institutions to teach students about the Constitution every year on or around September 17th. The U.S. Department of Education does not mandate or prescribe particular curricula or lesson plans.

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Patriot Week Event - September 28th

The Celebration of Women's Suffrage Ad Hoc Committee and the Patriot Week Foundation will host an event on Saturday, September 28th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Hoffman Farms Winery, which is located at 2521 Rose Center Road in Highland. This family-friendly event will feature games, hayrides, food and more! No registration is required.

Patriot Week was co-founded by Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren and his then 10 year old daughter Leah Warren in 2009.  Patriot Week begins on September 11th, honoring the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives in 2001, and ends on September 17th, Constitution Day. Its mission is to renew the American spirit by focusing on education to revive appreciation and understanding of American history.

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The Celebration of Women's Suffrage Ad Hoc Committee, in partnership with the League of Women Voters Oakland Area will be hosting a FREE screening of the film "Iron Jawed Angels" on Monday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m. at Emagine Royal Oak Theatre, which is located at 200 N Main Street in Royal Oak. Each ticket includes a soft drink and popcorn. Please note that parking, which is available in front of and in the structure adjacent to the theatre, is not included. Tickets are limited to four (4) per person while supplies last. To reserve your tickets, call (248) 594-6602 or send an email to lwvoami@gmail.com

"Iron Jawed Angels" is a 2004 film about the American women's suffrage movement during the 1910s. The film follows political activists Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O'Connor) as they use peaceful and effective strategies, tactics, and dialogues to revolutionize the American feminist movement to grant women the right to vote.

NOTE: Theatre policy states that no persons 15 years of age or younger are allowed inside the premises after 6PM unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Additionally, no one is allowed into an auditorium 15 minutes after the show start time.

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 "I Voted!" Sticker Contest - Deadline October 18th

Oakland County's 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage "I Voted!" Sticker Contest is open to Oakland County students in grades 6-12. The contest is open for submissions through October 18, 2019. Two winning designs will be printed as stickers and distributed to voters at precincts across Oakland County during upcoming elections. The winning students will be honored at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. 


  • One student in grades 6-8 (student's teacher awarded $250 for classroom)
  • One student in grades 9-12 (student's teacher awarded $250 for classroom)

Prize money is courtesy of Cornerstone Community Financial Credit Union


  • Contest is open to students in grades 6-12
  • Student must be a resident of Oakland County
  • One entry per student is permitted
  • Designs must be original – artwork taken from other sources will be disqualified
  • Designs must include the words I Voted!
  • Designs must portray the celebratory theme of "The 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage"
  • Designs must be in full color and can be created using any medium (crayon, colored pencil, paint, etc.)
  • Designs must be in a medium and size that can be easily replicated as a 2-inch diameter circle sticker (an optional design template is available here)
  • Judging will be based on use of creativity, artistic skill, execution and interpretation of the theme
  • Designs must be submitted online no later than Friday, October 18, 2019

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Questions? Contact Haley Hansen at hansenhm@oakgov.com or (248) 858-1092

Past Events 

Celebration Ceremony - June 14th 

On June 14th, the Celebration of Women’s Suffrage Ad Hoc Committee hosted a ceremony to kick off a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage.

The event included remarks from Board Chairman David T. Woodward, Board Vice Chairwoman Marcia Gershenson, League of Women Voters representative Geri Rinschler, Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper, State Senator Ruth Johnson, State Representative Brenda Carter, County Commissioner Gwen Markham, Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown and State Representative Mari Manoogian. 

As part of the kickoff event, the committee displayed the 19th Amendment Victory Flag, which hung on the West Wing Extension of the Oakland County Courthouse Building from June 14-21. 

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 Photo Gallery