Rockford lays out event plans to celebrate centennial of Women’s Suffrage Movement

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford is set for a year’s worth of events to celebrate the centennial of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

2020 will mark a century since women gained the right to vote in the United States.

Today, the “Women’s Suffrage Centennial 2020 Northern Illinois Celebration” revealed some of its plans.

Events will kick off with a women’s celebration in downtown Rockford on January 18th, with a women’s march starting at 12 p.m.

Sarah Burton, a mosaic artist from Marseilles, Illinois, has been chosen to create a large mosaic as part of the first art installation in Rockford to be centered around women. A location for the painting has not yet been chosen.

Barbara Simon, Co-President of the American Association of University Women, said, “The art event will be something that will be here for a long time, we hope, and will be a monument to all of those people that did work for the vote.”

The work will be dedicated on August 18th, 2020, exactly 100 years from the day women gained the right to vote in 1920.

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