We've Come a Long Way, Ladies!

A Centennial Celebration

of the 19th Amendment Through Song

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of American women's right to vote, this program educates and entertains while recognizing the struggle and sacrifices of the Women's Suffrage Movement's most important figures. 

As a response to this Movement, many new songs were composed, complete with original lyrics and melodies. Others were created by changing the lyrics of songs already popular. Suffragette songs from the theater had a special flair all their own. This concert program will feature selections of all of these types of songs, as well as relevant pieces from the American folk and operatic traditions.  Additionally, two female composers have been commissioned to compose two brand new songs each especially for this program, the text of which is important primary source material from the Movement. Find out more about these composers here. Original footage and authentic costuming will provide further context and supplementation. 

Through the course of this recital program, audience members will learn about:

  • The connection between the Women's Suffrage Movement and Prohibition, and why the liquor industry was one of the biggest opponents of women's voting rights


  • The importance of bicycles in women's liberation and the scandals this caused in both transportation and attire


  • Songs that furthered the Women's Suffrage cause--whether or not this was their composers' original intention!


  • The changes made to the 14th amendment in oppositional response to the Women's Suffrage Movement.


And much more!

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