On August 26, 1920, the 19thAmendment granting women the right to vote, became law.

"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."

In honor of this achievement - "the largest act of enfranchisement in our nation's history" - the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office is working with a group of organizations statewide to sponsor a series of opportunities for young people to learn more about our history and increase their understanding of the contributions of women to our civic life.

On August 26th, the The Boston Women's Heritage Trail, The Boston Parks and Recreation Department, The City of Boston Women's Commission, and The Massachusetts Women's Suffrage Celebration Committee held Women's Equality Day at the Swan Boats Pavilion in the Boston Public Garden. The Day celebrated the 91st Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote, the release of the Boston Women's Heritage Trail HerStory Map and honored the Paget Family, Founders of the Historic Public Garden Swan Boats. To view photos of the event, please visit the AGO's Flickr page. To view the program from the event, click the link: Women's Equality Day Program (PDF) pdf format of    WSCC-Event-082611.pdf  .

91st Anniversary of Suffrage Educational Materials:

Citizenship in Action Curriculum

Educational Materials

Citizenship in Action Curriculum

The Citizenship in Action © Curriculum was developed by the Office of the Middlesex District Attorney with grant support from the United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programming. It has been used in schools, afterschool programs and community centers with a variety of student age groups, most often middle school aged youth. It is designed to generate lively discussion and to empower young people to think about their role as active citizens of this Commonwealth.

Unit I, Equality in Action (PDF) pdf format of    Unit 1.pdf

Unit II, Rights & Responsibilities (PDF) pdf format of    Unit 2.pdf

Unit III, Freedom of Speech (PDF) pdf format of    Unit 3.pdf

Unit IV, Justice for All (PDF) pdf format of    Unit 4.pdf

Unit V, Citizenship in Action (PDF) pdf format of    Unit 5.pdf

Addenda (PDF) pdf format of    Addenda.pdf

Educational Materials

The Women's Suffrage Celebration Education Sub-Committee has compiled various educational materials such as books, websites, and other resources. Click the link below to view the materials.

Suffrage Educational Materials

Women's Suffrage Celebration Committee

Asian American Civic Association

Carr Center For Human Rights Policy

Emerge Massachusetts

Empower Peace

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts

Girls Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

League of Women Voters of Massachusetts

MA Association of Women Lawyers

MA Caucus of Women Legislators

MA Commission Against Discrimination

Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women

MA National Organization For Women

MA Women's Political Caucus

Mass Equality

New England Women for Change

Somerville Commission for Women

Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts

Women's Bar Foundation of Massachusetts

YWCA Boston

YWCA New England

Check this web page often for updates on these activities.

For more information, or to join the 91st Anniversary Women's Suffrage Committee, please email WSCC@state.ma.us.