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Kenosha County to celebrate 101 years of women’s right to vote Sept. 8

KENOSHA ⏤ Next week, the Kenosha County Suffrage 100 Committee will be holding its celebration of 101 years of women’s right to vote on Sept. 8. 

The event ⏤ previously delayed due to inclement weather last month ⏤ will kick off at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8. The Anderson Arts Center, 6603 Third Ave., in Kenosha will host the event on its lawn.

Admission is also free for attendees. The event will end at 9 pm. The grounds will open at 6 p.m.

The event is an outgrowth of the county’s Suffrage 100 Committee, according to a media release from the county. Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser formed that committee in 2019. At that time, he tasked it with organizing and promoting events honoring the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the county postponed the celebration to 2021.

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‘Blues Kitten’ first to take stage at women’s celebration

Miss Ivy Ford ⏤ also known as the “Chicago Blues Kitten” ⏤ will kick off the event at 7 p.m. with her band for a 45-minute set. 

Following a short intermission, there will also be:

  • A “March to Vote” parade;
  • Remarks by retired Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Mary K. Wagner;
  • And organizers will announce the winner of the Susan B. Anthony-Women of Influence essay contest.

A firework display will also conclude the celebration around 9 p.m.

Local information spread throughout

During the event, informational booths will also be spread throughout the area. 

These booths will feature organizations that serve women and children and will be open throughout the event. 

For more information about the Kenosha County Suffrage 100 Committee, including biographies of Kenosha County women who were involved in the suffrage movement, please visit https://www.kenoshacounty.org/suffrage

T-shirts and other merchandise displaying the Kenosha County Suffrage 100 logo are available for purchase.

Proceeds from sales benefit the Susan B. Anthony-Women of Influence Awards scholarship fund and grants programs. Orders may be placed at https://kenoshaspiritwear.com/collections/kenosha-county-suffrage.


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