Joshua M. Freeman Foundation to commemorate 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment

The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation is proud to present a myriad of events and programs to celebrate the Centennial of the 19th Amendment Ratification, including a Celebration March on International Women’s Day, March 8, in Georgetown.

The celebratory march will take place beginning at 3 p.m. at The Circle in Georgetown and will commemorate the suffragettes who marched for women to have the right to vote. The event is open to the public of all ages and gender and will feature a proclamation from the town of Georgetown, a sash-making station, music, and hot beverages and sweet treats — including Girl Scout cookies for sale. The League of Women Voters will also be on-site for voter registration.

“This event is an opportunity to honor all women and kicks off a series of events that celebrate this historic milestone through the arts,” said Patti Grimes, the executive director of the Foundation.

“We are excited to celebrate this pivotal moment in history through the arts,” she said. “We wanted to provide the opportunity for everyone to celebrate in multiple ways and collaborate with community partners to bring awareness of the impact of the 19th Amendment’s ratification.”

This series of events span the state of Delaware and in addition to the march will include three speaking engagements and two screenings of the “Iron Jawed Angels,” which will also feature pre- and post-screening discussions.

The first speakers’ panel will take place at 1 p.m. on March 3 at Delaware Technical Community College’s Arts and Science Center theater in Georgetown. Moderated by David Young, executive director of the Delaware Historical Society, the event will look back at how the expansion of the right to vote to women affect the last 100 years as well as look forward to its future impact. Panelists will include Erin Zoranski, Instructional Coordinator at Delaware Technical and Community College; Dr. Mryna Nurse, an associate professor at Delaware State University; Dick Carter, Chair of the Delaware Heritage Commission and Dr. Reba Hollingsworth, Vice-Chair of the Delaware Heritage Commission. This event is generously sponsored by Delaware Tech.

The first screening of “Iron Jawed Angels” is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, and will also take place at Del Tech’s Faucett Lecture Hall in Georgetown. The 2004 American historical drama stars Hilary Swank as suffragist leader Alice Paul, a feminist who risked her life to fight for women's citizenship and the right to vote. The screening will feature pre- and post-discussion with Joanne Guilfoil, Ph.D. This event is generously sponsored by Delaware Tech.

The second speaking event will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, at the Delaware Historical Society in Wilmington. This panel will also be moderated by Young and will feature Zoranski, Anne Boylan, Professor Emerita of History at the University of Delaware and Dr. Jean Baker, a history professor at Goucher College.

Additional events will include a women’s rights speaking engagement sponsored by Delaware Historical Society slated for March 25 at the Lewes Public Library at 6 p.m. and the final screening of “Iron Jawed Angels” will take place on Oct. 14 at the Delaware Historical Society. The League of Women Voters will be available at all events for voter registration information.

“It’s a special point in time and the Foundation truly appreciates how great our partners are in wanting to celebrate this milestone,” Grimes said.

These events are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Humanities which provides educational outreach, special projects, and funding opportunities to bring Delawareans together.