The adoption of the 19th Amendment in 1920, eight years after the founding of Girl Scouts, represented a new beginning for girls, women, and all of America. For more than a century, Girl Scouts has worked to ensure the girls of every generation were equipped with the courage, confidence, and character they would need to be leaders in their own lives and in the world.
Today, we are honored to take part in the Rose Parade and to be honoring the brave and resilient women who helped make this historic achievement possible.
I am honored to be given the opportunity to represent Iranian American women as part of this historical event. The vision to have a diverse representation of women living in the US on the float, reaffirm the fact that we all sharing the plight of gender equality and the desire of political participation which “The Right to Vote” was the first step.
I can remember being a young girl sitting at my Mother’s side in Malaysia, watching & marveling at the beauty & well-executed complexity of the American Rose Parade. That my personal journey has taken me not only halfway around the world, but to stand along with these amazing, accomplished women, is a monumental moment for me. It is my hope that there is some young girl watching & marveling at this year’s Parade who will see all these beautifully-accomplished women standing with me, and realize that they too can do amazing things.
Julia T Brown, ESQ
My legal work has included employment discrimination & representing women who have suffered disparate treatment and bias based on gender. Having an opportunity to participate in the parade commemorating the passage of the 19th amendment would be like stepping into and living the pages of history. The amendment was a pivotal point in the battle for civil and equal rights for women in this country. While we still have a great deal of work to do, this single act had and continues to have monumental impacts on our country.
Like the League of Women Voters, the Tournament of Roses Parade is an American tradition and it is an honor to be recognized as we kick off our centennial year. As a life-long Californian, the Rose Bowl Parade has a special place in my heart. I am looking forward to kicking-off 2020 by celebrating the brave suffrage women who fought for the right to vote.
The opportunity to participate as a float rider on the 100th Anniversary Commemoration Float for 2019 is truly an amazing opportunity. This historical event has taken place in Pasadena for 131 years and the theme of Hope is perfect for such an event. “The Power of Hope” can mean many things, to different people depending on the context. For me, I always watched the Rose Parade and hoped to one day be a part of this historical moment and today I have the opportunity.
Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, PhD
Occupying a space on this Suffrage Centennial Parade Float is confirmation of the engagement of African American women in the struggle for civil rights and women’s rights. In the tradition of our founder Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and iconic leader of NCNW, Dr. Dorothy I Height, we continue to work in the interest of women of African descent, our families and communities – work that contributes to equal rights for all. We believe in the power of hope, we know the necessity of courage and we espouse the efficacy of action.
Being able to participate on the Years of Hope. Years of Courage float at the Rose Bowl Parade at the beginning of the centennial year 2020 is an incredible honor for me. My great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells, worked tirelessly for women to have a voice in politics. I feel that the work she did is being recognized and appreciated. Because of the sacrifices of Ida B. Wells and all other suffragists, women not only have the right to vote, but are now holding elected office at almost every level of government.
Lynnette Grey Bull
As a Native American Woman, Advocate, Mother, and for someone who strives to advance democracy & voting rights in Indian Country, I’m honored to represent resilience of all women. Equity can be obtained, through the tenacious spirit of hope & courage and may we collectively demonstrate that we are not done yet, in this year’s 2020 Tournament of Roses – The Power of Hope!
Morning Water (traditional name).
U.S. women fought for the right to vote, now women’s feminist voices, actions and leadership will bring sanity, peace and justice to our world.
“My great-great grandmother, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, demanded “elective franchise” – THE VOTE – in 1848. Her demand at the first women’s rights conference, Seneca Falls, New York, was deemed ridiculous. Elizabeth persisted as she viewed the vote as the fundamental right of citizenship. Her victory and that of the world’s greatest bloodless revolution is for us to enjoy. In honor of our foremothers and Suffragents, VOTE. “
As we ring in 2020, the League of Women Voters is proud to celebrate the power of women in the Tournament of Roses Parade. I can’t think of a better way to kick off this important election year than by honoring the activists who came before us and encouraging every eligible voter to make sure they are ready to cast their ballots in 2020.
It is truly an honor to carry on the legacy of my Aunt Susan B. Anthony and my great grandma Ester Dietrich to participate in this historic event celebrating a 100 years since women had the right to vote; it is awe inspiring, I am humbled with gratitude and look forward to the future ahead.
“I am honored & excited to be part of the incredible grass-roots project that is Pasadena Celebrates 2020. The 19th Amendment has, so far, acknowledged the right of four generations of women in my family to participate in our democracy as individuals & adults. Like the Pasadena Celebrates 2020 project, it took women & men from all walks of life to see it to fruition. I choose to represent the Fistula Foundation on my sash because they do one thing and they do it well: treat obstetric fistula.
Dr. Lori J Morgan
As the first female president and CEO of Huntington Hospital, it is a great honor to be celebrating women and the right to vote in the 2020 Rose Parade on the Pasadena Celebrates float. Equality, human rights, diversity and inclusion belongs in every city, and I’m proud to be representing not only our hospital and the field of medicine, but every woman in our community. I stand with you to offer hope and courage as you pursue your dreams.
Kenneth B Morris, Jr.
“During a visit last summer to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, I had the opportunity to see Frederick Douglass’s name etched into the granite wall memorializing the signers of the Declaration of Sentiments. Humbling is the best way to describe the experience. I look forward to commemorating my great ancestor’s lifelong commitment to fighting for women’s rights by riding on the “Years of Hope. Years of Courage.” float in the 2020 Rose Parade.”
Ernestine (Tina) Martin Wyatt
My participation in this historical event and riding on the float, Years of Hope. Years of Courage, enables me to publicly display my honor for this great woman Harriet Ross Tubman and the women of that time. Her life then and still continues to display courage in an environment void of hope, yet through her faith in God she became hopeful for a better tomorrow and took on the fight to bring forth justice and equality, a fight that is still ongoing.
Teresa C Younger
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