Business & Professional Women of Nevada County scholarship awards also celebrate 95th anniversary of 19th Amendment |

Business & Professional Women of Nevada County scholarship awards also celebrate 95th anniversary of 19th Amendment


When: Aug. 19

Where: Summer Thymes Bakery & Deli, 213 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley

Time: 5:30 p.m. socializing; 6 p.m. dinner/program

Cost: $21 dinner; $5 program only

Info: Newcomers and guests are always welcome. A pre-paid reservation is required for all. Deadline is Sunday, Aug. 16. For reservations visit

The Business & Professional Women of Nevada County (BPWNC) are hosting a celebratory evening on Aug. 19, as they award scholarships to two local reentry women.

The membership dinner meeting and program takes place at Summer Thymes Bakery & Deli, 213 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley. Arrive at 5:30 p.m. for socializing and networking, while dinner is set for 6 p.m. and costs $21 per person. Newcomers and guests are welcome. A pre-paid reservation is required for members and guests by 4 p.m. Aug. 16.

In addition, there will be invited past winners who will tell their personal stories of academic and professional progress and how the scholarship helped them to move closer to their goals. It is because of BPWNCs membership and the local community’s generosity that these women are being helped along their way, according to a press release from the organization.

BPWNC also is celebrating the 95th anniversary of women’s right to vote. After World War I, the National American Woman Suffrage Association took many opportunities to remind President Wilson and the Congress that women’s war work should be rewarded with recognition of their political equality.

In a speech on Sept. 18, 1918, Wilson said, “We have made partners of the women in this war. Shall we admit them only to a partnership of suffering and sacrifice and toil and not to a partnership of right?”

Less than a year later, the House of Representatives passed, in a 304 to 90 vote, a proposed Amendment to the Constitution: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any States on Account of sex. The Congress shall have the power by appropriate legislation to enforce the provisions of this article.”

On June 4, 1919, the United States Senate also endorsed the Amendment, voting 56 to 25, and sending the amendment to the states. Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan were the first states to pass the law but anti-suffrage forces were well-organized, and passage of the amendment was not easy. When 35 of the necessary 36 states had ratified the amendment, the battle went to Nashville, Tennessee.

On Aug. 18, 1920, the final vote was scheduled. One young legislator, 24-year-old Harry Burn, had voted with the anti-suffrage forces at that time. But his mother had urged that he vote for suffrage. Burn voted as his mother had urged him; and on Aug. 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th and deciding state to ratify.

On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution became law.

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