Rapid City celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment
RAPID CITY, S.D. — On August 26, 1920 the 19th amendment was ratified, which paved the way for women’s voting rights.
The amendment gave women the right to vote, but there was still work to be done to help women of color truly have the right to vote.
Historic figures such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton led the charge towards equality.
Now 100 years later, a group of progressive women in Rapid City led a ceremony honoring the day and the many women of the suffrage movement. These women brought voting rights to the country and to the state of South Dakota.
“It took 72 years in South Dakota to get the vote for women,” said Dorthy Rowdy-Brewich, event organizer. “So think of all this energy and spirit and passion that went into getting the vote for us,” says event organizer.
Mayor Steve Allender also made a proclamation, naming August 26, 2020 Women’s Equality Day.
He encouraged members of the public to bring forward stories of women who have contributed to the growth and history of Rapid City, so they can be honored and commemorated in the future.
Wednesday’s ceremony was held at Wilson Park.