Monday, Aug. 26th, Indiana State held the Women’s Equality Day March, a civic non-partisan event uniting the campus and community to commemorate 99 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting all American women the right to vote.
Guests of all ages and all genders were promoted the opportunity to register to vote, and were educated on the figures of the past who have advocated for this right.
The event’s organizer, Marsha Miller, says, “We feel that no one should feel excluded from learning about what the struggle was and still is for women in America.”
The Pre-March rally took place on the corner of Chestnut and 9th Street, where guests decorated posters to carry on their march through campus.
To include everyone who wished to participate, a tram was provided for those who have difficulty walking.
Miller believes in the importance of marching to visibly recognize the progression of the suffragist movement so that it may instill a deeper impact on those who attend the event.
“ISU seemed to be the natural place to join the community, the university, and other entities together and has worked really well ever since its start here in 2012,” says Miller.
The event concluded at DeDe Plaza where light refreshments were served and a brief program where speakers reemphasized the suffragist’s efforts of the 19th century to the present day. Guests were then granted the final opportunity for voter registration and to sign petitions for causes provided by other guests.
“Women’s Equality Day has taught me the importance of having the right to vote and I’m glad I got the chance to empathize for the people of the past who have struggled to do so,” said sophomore Darryl Black.