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institutions formed to recognize the centennial of the 19th
Amendment. The BWHA events begin with the kickoff
on March 14, 2020 at the Berks History Center and the
performance of the locally written and performed play "System
Shakers, Barrier Breakers: The Suffragists," and culminate
with a Gala dinner on August 26, 2020 at the Doubletree By
Hilton Reading. Penny Guido, one of the leaders of BWHA
and organizers of the Gala, reflects that "[a]s we look down the
long lens of history and celebrate this historic milestone, we
bring into clear focus the profoundly American right of each
citizen to participate in our democratic process... This 100
year anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to win
women the vote reaffirms for all of us not just the right to vote
but the privilege and obligation of voting."
The Gala will include member exhibits, suffragist
portrayals, and Keynote Speaker The Hon. Kathy Boockvar,
Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Boockvar is an attorney with an extensive background in
public interest law and policy and election administration.
Most recently, she served as senior adviser to the governor on
election modernization, leading and managing initiatives to
improve security and technology in Pennsylvania's elections
and voting systems, in collaboration with federal, state, and
county officials.

Here in Berks County, a group of
nonprofits, education institutions
and individuals have formed
the nonpartisan Berks Women's
History Alliance to provide
a framework to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage
in America in 2020. Under the banner of The Berks Suffrage 2020
Centennial, the Alliance has launched a website to promote activities and
exhibits of its member groups: www.berkssuffrage2020centennial.org.
If you or your organization would like to be part of the Berks Women's
History Alliance, join us! The Alliance welcomes groups who would like to
promote their efforts to observe the centennial as well as individuals who
want to volunteer and support these county-wide efforts.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THREE KEY EVENTS:
* Kick Off Event - Saturday, March 14 at the Berks History Center
featuring the locally-written and produced play System Shakers, Barrier
Breakers: The Suffragists.
* Berks History Conference - Saturday, April 4th at the Berks History
Center featuring four distinguished speakers that will explore Women's
History in Berks County.
* Berks Suffrage 2020 Anniversary Celebration - Wednesday, August 26
at The DoubleTree, Reading. Don't miss this commemorative celebration
of the final passage of the 19th Amendment granting American women
the right to vote 100 years ago. Tickets are on sale now.

"Secretary Boockvar's extensive experience in election
oversight and administration makes her uniquely qualified to
keynote our Berks County celebration of the 100th anniversary
of women achieving the right to vote in America," said Senator
Schwank, a founding BWHA member. "We are very fortunate
to have her as part of our special event."
On a personal note, I realized from an early age that my
maternal and paternal grandmothers, born in 1917 and 1918,
respectively, were born before women had the vote. My
parents and grandparents instilled in me that voting is a right
which must never be taken lightly. I carried those values into
adulthood with a life of political activity in addition to my
professional career (another right for which many women of
prior generations had to fight). Ladies: Our right to vote was
paid for by the sacrifices of our foremothers. We honor and
respect the efforts of these courageous ladies by active civic
participation.

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