PSU Honors Constitution Day and 19th Amendment September 17

September 9th, 2010 by Adam

Ninety years ago, the Ford Model T was America’s favorite car, young people were dancing the Charleston and it was illegal to drink alcohol.

Suffrage supporters hold banner
Two women holding a banner between them reading “National Woman Suffrage Association.” Photo courtesy George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress)

It was also the year that women voted for the first time in a national election, after decades of spirited debate led to passage of the nineteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Plymouth State University celebrates Constitution Day Friday, September 17, with a variety of events both on and off-campus, with a special focus on the nineteenth amendment and the suffrage movement that advocated for a woman’s right to vote. Terri Dautcher, who teaches business at PSU, said Constitution Day is a great time to reflect on a watershed moment for achieving the simple and inalienable right of representation and equality in the American democratic process.

“The events scheduled for the day will offer people an opportunity to learn more about the decades of protest and political activism required to earn this right; a right that we sometimes take for granted,” Dautcher said.

PSU will celebrate Constitution Day with several ongoing events, including student-produced video presentations, an online resource page with links to museums and other informational sites related to the suffrage movement, as well as student interviews posted to Facebook.

The highlight of PSU’s Constitution Day celebration will be a reenactment of a Suffrage rally, starting at 4 p.m. in front of the HUB, with participants marching down to the Flying Monkey Theater on South Main Street, where the PBS documentary, “One Woman, One Vote,” will be aired. Invited speakers include local women seeking political office and representatives of the League of Women Voters. The public is invited to join in the march and the viewing of the documentary. Those marching are urged to wear white clothing, to honor the original Suffrage movement advocates.

For more information about PSU’s Constitution Day events, contact Terri Dautcher at 535-2842.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or