Hundreds of Democratic women from around West Virginia will come together at the State Capitol Complex on Monday, Feb. 17, to participate in their Annual West Virginia Federation of Democratic Women’s Day (WVFDW) at the Legislature and to celebrate 100 years of the Women’s Right to Vote.
The 2020 Celebration of West Virginia’s ratification of the 19th Amendment sponsored by The West Virginia Women’s Commission, will join together more than 30 organizations, set up in the rotunda, to provide educational information relating to Women’s Suffrage.
WVFDW members and guests are asked to get into the spirit of suffrage by wearing a white top and black skirt or slacks. This is a FREE event. Please arrive at the Capitol by 10 a.m. to participate in planned events. A WVFDW table will be set up for registration and information on the House Chamber side of rotunda. The schedule is as follows:
10:30-10:45 a.m. - Susan B. Anthony Speech, portrayed by Lida Shepherd
10:45-11:15 a.m. - Suffragist Reenactment Rally at Chamber doors
12:30 p.m. - Presentation to the WV Legislature -Ratification of the Vote by Renate Pore
1:30 p.m. - Lunch in Cafeteria for WVFDW Attendees
4 p.m. - Joint Session Event
5-6:30 p.m. - Reception at the Culture Center Capitol Complex.
“We are excited to be able to combine our Day at the Legislature with this event,” WVFDW President Anna Gillespie said. “There is no more relevant time in our history of voting than now, as we are faced with choosing new leadership for our state and our country.”
The WVFDW is a member of the NFDW and aims to unite county Democratic Women’s clubs into one group working together for the success of the Democratic Party. Follow this event for any changes on facebook.com/WVFDW and WVFDW.org.