WVFDW Day at the Legislature detailed

CHARLESTON — Hundreds of Democratic women from around West Virginia will come together at the State Capitol Complex on Feb. 17 to participate in their annual W. Va. Federation of Democratic Women’s Day at the Legislature and to celebrate 100 years of the Women’s Right to Vote.

The 2020 celebration of W.Va. ratification of the 19th Amendment sponsored by the West Virginia Women’s Commission will bring together more than 30 organizations, set up in the rotunda, to provide educational information relating to women’s suffrage.

WVFDW members and guests are asked to get into the spirit of suffrage by wearing a white top and black skirt or slacks to the free event. A WVFDW table will be set up for registration and information on the House Chamber side of the rotunda.

The schedule is: 10:30-10:45 a.m., Susan B. Anthony speech, portrayed by Lida Shepherd; 10:45-11:15 a.m., suffragist re-enactment rally at the chamber doors; 12:30 p.m., presentation to the W.Va. Legislature, ratification of the vote by Renate Pore; 1:30 p.m., lunch in the cafeteria for WVFDW attendees; 4 p.m., joint session event; and 5-6:30 p.m., reception at the Culture Center Capitol Complex.

“We are excited to be able to combine our Day at the Legislature with this event,” said WVFDW President Anna Gillespie. “There is no more relevant time in our history of voting than now, as we are faced with choosing new leadership for our state and our country,” Gillespie added.

The WVFDW is a member of the NFDW and aims to unite county Democratic Women’s clubs into one group working together for the success of the Democratic party.