Milwaukee — Landmark buildings in Milwaukee will be illuminated in purple and yellow, the colors of the suffragist movement, to commemorate Women’s Equality Day, August 26. Also, churches throughout the area will ring their outdoor bells for one minute at noon to commemorate the day, which is the centennial of the 19th Amendment. Among the lit buildings in downtown Milwaukee are: Milwaukee Art Museum; Milwaukee County Historical Society; Discover World; Fiserv Forum; as well as freeway overpasses.

On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was certified, a victory for women’s voting rights. This was the largest expansion of the franchise in the nation’s history — and the beginning of another century of struggle to ensure free and fair elections for all. The date was later named Women’s Equality Day. The occasion was celebrated in 1920 with bells ringing at noon throughout the state. This year on August 26, the Wisconsin Historical Society, the League of Women Voters, and Governor Evers’ Suffrage Centennial Commission are promoting the centennial. More information here:


“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

— 19th Amendment to the US Constitution

Print Friendly, PDF & Email