Macomb County seeks submissions for 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published August 6, 2020


MACOMB COUNTY — As the 100th anniversary of women being guaranteed the right to vote approaches, Macomb County wants to honor those who have played a role in the suffrage movement.

The centennial celebration of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution will be celebrated Aug. 26, and the county is celebrating “by saluting the trailblazers” while “also looking to the future and continuing to work for greater equality for women and girls.”

Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds Fred Miller said the timing of the anniversary is unfortunate due to the pandemic, but it should still be celebrated in whatever way possible.

“It’s something we’ve been talking about for a while,” Miller said. “But like everything in 2020, trying to figure how do we do this — how do we give this historic centennial the important honoring it deserves?”

The Macomb County Clerk’s Office has decided to put the celebration in the hands of the people, in a literal sense. A multimedia project is currently being compiled, composed of the voices, images and perspectives of women in Macomb County and how they articulate the 19th Amendment.

There are multiple ways to participate, such as snapping a selfie or taking a portrait of your friends or family, possibly with signage; recording a video containing thoughts, a poem, a quote or a favorite passage as it relates to women’s suffrage; or making a written statement.

Miller said the hope is to have a “digital celebration” prominently displayed on his office’s website. At press time, he and others in his office were crowdsourcing to harness local creativity and the voices of female leaders in the county.

“Part of the project is designed to help collect and help Macomb County tell its story, and to lift them up,” he said.

The deadline to submit writings, recordings or photographs is Aug. 12. Participants must email with the subject line “19th Amendment Project.”