The Capital Women’s Campaign (CWC) is an alliance of women living in the greater Sacramento region determined to bring more progressive, pro-choice women into the political process.
Standing on the shoulders of the women before us.
CWC is also celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Right to Vote in 2020.
The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees all American women over the age of 18 the right to vote. It was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, but it wasn't until Tennessee passed the amendment more than a year later on Aug. 18, 1920, that it finally received the approval of three-fourths of the states it needed to become official.
The women's rights movement came to national prominence in 1848. The original women's voting rights amendment was first presented to Congress in 1878, but it took decades of petitions and protests before women would finally win the right to vote.
In the more than 70 years passed between the first women's rights campaigns, most of the original campaigners passed away and weren't able to see their hard work finally pay off. Still, some of them, such as Susan B. Anthony, are still remembered today.
On Saturday, October 10 – The day women in California got the vote – (10/10/1911) 9 years before the 19th Amendment passed nationally --- you will see Silent Sentinels on busy street corners throughout Sacramento. This is to honor The Silent Sentinels who peacefully demonstrated in front of the White House for the right to vote in the early nineteen hundreds. From 1917 to 1919 a group of determined women stood silently with signs in protest of President Woodrow Wilson for his lack of support for suffrage. They wore distinctive purple, white and gold sashes and held signs with slogans like, “Mr. President, how long must we wait for liberty?” So please look for us out there dressed in purple, white and gold with our “Get Out the Vote” signs on October 10. Give us a friendly honk and wave.
November 3 - But, of course the biggest event is November 3rd. We urge everyone to vote! Sacramento County is one of the first 5 counties in California to implement the Voter’s Choice Act. It’s easier than ever for voters in Sacramento county to turn in their ballots. All registered voters receive a ballot in the mail, and postage is prepaid. But, because of the current uncertainty and politicization of the United States Postal Service, we are encouraging everyone who is able, to drop off their ballots at one of the the numerous Vote Center and Ballot Drop Box locations. Those will be posted online by the election board in September. With the current situation of the Postal Service fighting a pandemic and political pressures, we want every vote to be counted.
We are committed to ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.
We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
Capital Women's Campaign was born from the desire to create gender equality on local councils, boards and commissions. At the national level, our goal is to create gender parity in the House and Senate, advocating for political reforms to enhance the quality of life for all Americans.
We are committed to identifying and recruiting qualified women to run for political office, and continue to support them as they move up in their political careers.