A gathering. A picnic. A brown bag lunch. A toast to tenacity.
On Monday, August 26th, we're celebrating National Women's Equality Day. We're celebrating the 19th Amendment. Join us!
What: Toast to Tenacity celebrating National Women's Equality Day
Where: Phil (Frona) Baux Park, Jackson, WY
When: Monday, August 26 @ noon
Bring a brown bag lunch, your friends, your family, your kiddos (but not your dogs), and we'll have grape juice for the toast (a nod to Suffragist Alice Paul) + watermelon slices!
Can't make it? Grab a friend and make a toast, take a selfie and submit it to the facebook page (Toast to Tenacity Teton County), our twitter handle @wywomensnetwork, or on the website and we'll get it posted!
Here's a little more about the complicated history of women's suffrage, race, politics, and gender:
"Can we honor those who helped achieve women’s suffrage, while recognizing the complexity — and occasional ugliness — of their movement?"
"African-American women were written out of the history of the woman suffrage movement. As the centennial of the 19th Amendment approaches, it’s time for a new look at the past."
Here are some great articles and books to check out, also detailing the complexity of the 19th Amendment. The forward progress. The backslides. The ways in which women of color were instrumental in passing Suffrage but weren't included in the victory.
The Woman's Hour “Everything the Cause had accomplished — every state won, every piece of legislation, every change of heart and shift in policy — was once considered utterly impossible. Until it wasn’t.”
The Imperfect, Unfinished Work of Women’s Suffrage "A hundred years ago, though, the Nineteenth Amendment finally passed both houses of the United States Congress, and then went to the states for ratification. On that centennial, it is worth considering not only what these women were fighting for but why they had to fight so hard, and who, exactly, was fighting against them."
Want more information about the 19th Amendment? Vision2020 has you covered! Check out what they have planned for the centennial. Wyoming Women's Action Network is an Allied Organization and Teton County BCC Chair Natalia Macker is a Delegate.
And here is a quick reminder about the asymmetry in the ways in which we highlight and laud men (but not women) in our everyday lives.
Streets and parks? Named for men. Check out this op-ed about how that works and what it means. Did you know that Phil Baux's wife's name was Frona? We like to make sure her name comes up when we talk about the park.
Have other thoughts on places where men and their names and accomplishments are the default in our daily lives? Share them with us! We'll include them in an upcoming post on the subject.
But we digress.
Meet us on Monday!