Our next two Community Now panel discussions will be held on Tuesday, August 18 and Wednesday, August 26. This marks the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote (August 18), and the date that it officially became law (August 26).

Community Now Panel Discussion

August 18, 6 p.m.

Women have been voting in Lancaster for 100 years and YWCA was there from the beginning.

Did you know the men of Lancaster County voted NOT to let women gain this right?  Join us to explore how our foremothers struggles in ratification of the 19th Amendment intersect with voting rights challenges today.

Chelsea Reimann, Director of the Alice Drum Women’s Center and LGBTQ Student Life at F&M College will share history of the fight to expand voting rights to all residents.

Sandra Brown  from the Lancaster Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will explain the groups lead role in African American Women’s Suffrage movement in Pennsylvania and beyond. In March of 1913, just six weeks after its founding, several Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Founders marched in the historic Suffragist March under the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. banner, the Sorority’s first public act.

Hear from Randall Wenger, Chief Clerk of the Lancaster County Board of Elections and County Registration Commission about the current facts and rules for voter registration, mail in ballots and key deadlines for our area.

Stacie Blake, YWCA Lancaster CEO will facilitate and take questions from the audience.

Join us to learn about voter registration, vote by mail, polling places, and how your vote is counted.

Registration information is below.

Community Now Panel Discussion

August 26, 6 p.m.

This Community Now session takes place from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on Women’s Equality Day, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.

We will be speaking about not only voting rights but the current movement for racial equity in Lancaster City.

On August 26 at 6 p.m., YWCA Lancaster Board Member Kesha Morant Williams will facilitate a discussion with:

To create change we must first understand what is happening in our community now. This is one of a series of dialogues hosted by YWCA Lancaster with a diversity of voices included.

The ZOOM link will be sent via email after you sign up. Special thanks to the Lancaster County Community Foundation for hosting the meeting.

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Community Now session from June 24, 2020

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Thanks to the panelists for their insight on our discussions – What follows is a list of resources that we believe will support your individual learning process. This is not an exhaustive list of resources available, but they are a good starting place.