Race to Ratification 5K sponsored by the National Woman's Party

Race to Ratification Logo: the silhouette of a woman running with a circle of stars behind her. The words Race to Ratification appear in the circle.
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What
The National Woman's Party, in collaboration with the National Park Service, is hosting a 5K race to commemorate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment between June 1919 and August 1920. A 3.1 mile timeline tells the ratification story state by state and honors the courageous women and men across the US who led the fight to ratify the 19th Amendment.

When
June 9, 2019. Race begins at 9 am. Check-in and day of registration on site at 7:30 am.

Where
Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

Walking distance from Stadium Armory and Potomac Avenue Metro stations.

How
Register to run or walk the Race to Ratification. There is a $40.00 entry fee for race participants. Proceeds from the race will benefit the National Woman's Party and their museum collection at Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument.

Viewers and cheering sections may attend free of charge, but will not get the cool race t-shirt.

Why
On June 4, 1919, Congress passed the Susan B. Anthony Amendment clearing the way for women to vote. However, 3/4 of the states still needed to ratify the amendment for it to become the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. With the 1920 presidential election looming, it was imperative that states ratify quickly. The race was on!

Suffragists across the country lobbied state legislatures to Vote Yes! Members of the National Woman's Party sewed stars on a Ratification Banner to keep track of the number of states that had ratified. On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify. Eight days later the Secretary of State certified the documents officially ratifying the 19th Amendment signaling the largest expansion of voting rights in our nation’s history!
 
Alice Paul hangs a large tricolored banner from the balcony of the National Woman's Party headquarters. A dozen suffragists cheer on the ground below.
Alice Paul and members of the National Woman's Party unfurl a completed Ratification Banner to celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

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Last updated: April 18, 2019

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