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Her Vote. Her Voice. Centennial Launch Kicks Off in August in Conjunction with National Women’s Suffrage Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020

CONTACT: Tracy Saathoff, tracy.saathoff@l-s.com; Catherine Forsch, catherine.forsch@state.sd.us


Her Vote. Her Voice. Centennial Launch Kicks Off in August

in Conjunction with National Women’s Suffrage Month



PIERRE, S.D. – The 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote is Aug. 26, and the Her Vote. Her Voice. delegation is celebrating this momentous achievement with a week of special events and a special way to honor women through a statewide virtual Honor Wall.


“August is National Women’s Suffrage Month, and in South Dakota, we’re celebrating women’s right to vote by sharing the story of the women who led the way for others,” said former first lady and Her Vote. Her Voice. delegation chair Patricia Miller. “Our nonpartisan delegation appointed by Governor Noem, along with a team of 200+ volunteers, has been working diligently for more than a year to pull together several unique events taking place this month.”


Throughout August, special events and announcements are planned to highlight women’s suffrage history. Visit http://www.hervotehervoice.org for details on events and information on the Her Vote. Her Voice. campaign.


August through November – “‘The Right is Ours’: Women Win the Vote” exhibit, Observation Gallery of the Cultural Heritage Center


August through December – “The Bottle and the Ballot: Prohibition and Women’s Suffrage” exhibit, Siouxland Heritage Museum


Aug. 16 – “Women of the Century” Argus Leader publication featuring national and South Dakota women


Aug. 17 – “How the 19th Amendment Changed Lives…Then and Now” lunch and learn event presented by SD State Bar, Women in Law


Aug. 18-26Celebration Week


All week long, order special Cheers to 100 Years cupcakes at Oh My Cupcakes in Sioux Falls.


Aug. 18

  • Cheers to 100 Years: Centennial Celebration Launch to commemorate the ratification of the 19th Amendment
  • Center for Western Studies at Augustana University debuts gallery exhibition featuring creations from 19 female artists

Aug. 19 – “How Radical” podcast featuring national author Robert Cooney


Aug. 20

  • TEDx Sioux Falls – “Was Suffrage Worth the Struggle?”
  • Haycamp Summer Pints Patio Party releasing commemorative Her Vote. Her Voice. Key Lime Gosé Beer, Rapid City
  • Dakota Territory Brewing Company releasing commemorative Lavender Saison beer, Aberdeen
  • “How Radical” podcast with Justice Judith Meierhenry


Aug. 21

  • “How Radical” podcast with the Honorable Karen Schreier
  • Honor a Woman Day


Aug. 22

  • KELO-TV (CBS) presents “Her Vote: Cheers to 100 Years”
  • “How Radical” podcast with Kelly Kirk


Aug. 23

  • “How Radical” podcast with Angela Kennecke
  • SD Suffrage Marker Event: Homestake Opera House, Lead


Aug. 24 – “How Radical” podcast with Ann McKay Thompson


Aug. 25 – Chuck Volin discusses historical ties between women’s suffrage and prohibition via Facebook Live


Aug. 26

  • Statewide Toast & Forward into Light celebration – light up your local landmarks and toast the 100th anniversary
  • “How Radical” podcast with Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve


Aug. 27 – “How Radical” podcast with Stephanie Herseth Sandlin


The Her Vote. Her Voice. delegation was appointed by Governor Kristi Noem to celebrate, commemorate and educate the public about the work of early suffragists and women’s contributions to the history of South Dakota. It is a project of the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.



Her Vote. Her Voice. is a grassroots movement of the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation and the office of Governor Kristi Noem. Governor Noem appointed a group of 16 delegates to organize a communications center for the collection and dissemination of information about South Dakota events, plans, and resources for the centennial celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. This diverse group of nonpartisan professionals brings relevance to the historical topic while connecting people to the present issue: history is happening and still being made today. Funds raised by the Her Vote. Her Voice. campaign will support women’s history preservation through projects defined by the South Dakota State Historical Society and Historical Society Foundation. For more information on how you can help, go to https://www.hervotehervoice.org or call 605-773-6003.


About the South Dakota State Historical Society 

The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Education. The State Historical Society, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The center houses the society’s world-class museum, the archives, and the historic preservation, publishing, and administrative/development offices. Call 605-773-3458 or visit www.history.sd.gov for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call 605-394-1936 for more information. 


The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and serves as the fundraising partner of the South Dakota State Historical Society. The foundation assists in securing funds to collect, preserve, research, exhibit, and interpret history for the lifelong education and enrichment of present and future generations.  For more information go to www.sdhsf.org or call 605-773-6003.