“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.” - Susan B Anthony
Throughout the next year, events around the state will commemorate the national centennial of women’s suffrage, and 100 years since Maine ratified women’s right to vote. We’ll learn about the history and impact of suffrage in Maine.
Along with Maine celebrating its bicentennial in 2020, the state will also be commemorating the state’s ratification of the 19th amendment, on November 6, 1919, giving women the right to vote. “We were the 19th state to ratify the 19th amendment in 1919,” according to Ellen Alderman, leader of the Maine Suffrage Centennial Collaborative. The two-year long commemoration will include Maine’s ratification of the 19th amendment as well as the passage of the 19th amendment nationally in 1920.