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2020 by the Numbers

December 28, 2020

It’s safe to say 2020 didn’t turn out like we expected. Although countless events and exhibits had to be cancelled or postponed, we’re proud of the creative ways Utahns honored trailblazing women in our history. We hope you’ll follow along as we continue these efforts next year!

2020 by the numbers:

3 voting rights anniversaries

2 months of celebration before shutdown

1 pandemic

This is just a partial list, but each of the achievements below was made possible by our hardworking team, community partners, and the support and donations of Utahns like you. Thank you!!

1 new memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol honoring Utah women’s role in expanding voting rights.

Tamia Green with her installation in Ogden.

2 interactive art installations honoring the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act–plus this fantastic virtual conversation sharing how 5 Black women worked for equality in Utah.

3 voting rights anniversaries—the 150th of Utah women’s first votes , the 100th of the 19th Amendment, and the 55th of the Voting Rights Act.

8 Utah locations approved for suffrage markers on the National Votes for Women Trail. The program was delayed by the pandemic, but one marker is already up at Lucy Clark’s home in Farmington. The rest will be unveiled next spring.

10-week reading club about suffrage history.

11 Wikipedia pages created and edited about Utah women. Check out Seraph Young Ford’s page here.

15 Utah women featured in our Utah HERitage scavenger hunt this summer. You can still do it on your own!

Students at Burch Creek Elementary in South Ogden

19 guest appearances from across the state in our video event about Utah women’s fight to regain voting rights 125 years ago.

33 Utah HERitage cities in 13 counties planned exhibits, contests, events, and other creative ways to celebrate.

60 Utah HERitage films featured Utah students highlighting important women in our history.

75 design submissions for Utah’s commemorative “I Voted” stickers, which were used in the primary and general elections.

82 years Seraph Young Ford’s name was misspelled on Arlington National Cemetery headstone before its correction this year.

Dr. Jackie Thompson as Mignon Barker Richmond on Feb. 12.

90+ school toolkits distributed to schools in 9 Utah school districts.

150 years since Utah women cast their first ballots, we joined Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, community partners, and many of you to symbolically trace Seraph Young’s steps to Council Hall, the site of the first vote.

230 lamppost banners on downtown SLC streets from January – March and June – August.

2,000+ students celebrated the 150th anniversary of Utah’s first women’s suffrage law on February 12 at the Utah State Capitol.

36,000 unique visitors to utahwomenshistory.org since January 1, 2020. Thanks to engaged teachers and curious Utahns, we doubled our reach from 2019 to 2020!

Martha Hughes Cannon Send-off
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