This page is devoted to providing information related to the 2020 Century Celebration of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The year 1920 marked the culmination of a decades-long struggle to expand voting rights to finally include the majority of citizens who had been denied the right to participate in elections since the founding of the United States.

Illinois was among the states where many leaders of the women's suffrage movement organized, strategized and successfully fought for the expansion of voting rights to include women, including electing women as early as 1894.  Illinois was among the first states to vote to ratify the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution and also voted prior to 1920 to include women in voting in various elections, including voting for Congress and the office of US President.

The Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago is proud to join in promoting the Century Celebration of the 19th Amendment.

The story of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, the national suffrage leader from Chicago who battled both sexism and racism

Powerpoint presentation: Promoting the Century Celebration of the 19th Amendment in Illinois, for the joint conference with the Illinois Association of County Clerks and the Association of Election Commissions of Illinois, Sept. 24, 2019 in Springfield, IL

Timelines, notes and links to information on the suffrage movement in Illinois

The story of Ellen Martin, the first Illinois woman to vote

More writing on the racial dynamics of the suffrage movement, both decades before and decades after ratification of the 19th Amendment: "Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote and Insisted on Equality for All," by Martha S. Jones

History of women jailed, tortured in fight for vote -- with list of books on the suffrage movement

Additional figures and events from the Illinois suffrage movement history (pages 559-593) can be found in the “History of Woman Suffrage, Volume 3," Chapter XLIII - Illinois, By Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage)