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Vision 2020 Has Been Busy!

Posted on October 5, 2018

By Lynn Yeakel

In true back-to-school fashion, the past two months have been a whirlwind of exciting activities, announcements and events for Vision 2020.

From Women’s Equality Day to Constitution Day, to convening the Vision 2020 National Congress in Miami, it has been a busy, productive and inspiring start to fall. 

Toast to Tenacity for Women’s Equality Day

Vision 2020’s Toast to Tenacity — our annual celebration of Women’s Equality Day, August 26, to honor the courage and persistence of the suffragists who won American women’s right to vote — was bigger and better than ever this year, thanks to the participation of Vision 2020 leaders across the country and our #ToastToTenacity social media campaign.

In Philadelphia, where Vision 2020 is headquartered, we hosted more than 100 supporters at Independence Visitor Center overlooking Independence Mall, the perfect history-rich location for celebrating the 98th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Highlights of the event, sponsored by Fox Rothschild LLP and covered by KYW Newsradio, included a presentation of anti-suffrage propaganda from the early 1900s and commentary from Lucy Beard of the Alice Paul Institute, an Allied Organization.

Across the U.S., Vision 2020 Delegates and Allies used the Toast to Tenacity Toolkit to host their own sister events. Toasts were held in Ventura, California; New York, New York; Madison, Wisconsin; Ludlow, Vermont; Nashville, Tennessee; Fort Myers, Florida; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Washington, D.C., and beyond.

Reaching even more people was the Toast to Tenacity’s message on social media. Following coverage from Fortune and Bustle, and using collective impact among our coalition members to spread the word, we reached more than half a million people through #ToastToTenacity posts. People as far away as Perth, Australia raised their glasses to salute virtually the tenacious women of a century ago.

Vision 2020’s Women 100 Announcement on Constitution Day

Plans for Vision 2020’s Women 100: A Celebration of American Women in the year 2020 were announced publicly on September 17.

With the support of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and in partnership with the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Vision 2020 announced early sponsors and partners that include The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, Comcast NBCUniversal, Drexel University College of Medicine, Drexel University Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships, the National Constitution Center and Independence National Historical Park.

In addition, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Brandywine River Museum of Art and Singing City all have signed on to be Women 100 Proud Partners, committing to devote programming in the year 2020 to celebrate women.

Read the press release for more information, or watch this NBC10 story.

National Congress in Miami

From September 27-29, Vision 2020 was in Miami for a packed agenda of informative presentations, inspiring speakers and action-oriented discussions with Delegates and Allies in our national coalition.

Sessions covered shared leadership, civic engagement, economic security and youth education, as well as Vision 2020’s Women 100 and plans for the 19th Amendment centennial commemoration around the country.

We live-tweeted the entire Congress, which includes some of the best quotes and insights from the 48 hours. A crowd favorite came from VoteRunLead’s Lea Webb during the civic engagement panel: “As women, unfortunately we don’t often talk about the work we do, we just do. I feel like I’m preaching to the choir, but sometimes the choir needs to sing better.”

Some key messages from the Congress include:

  1. To truly complete the unfinished business of women’s equality, we must change the culture in our institutions rather than treating the symptoms (such as addressing certain barriers facing women). In order to accelerate the pace of change, we must have more women in leadership.
  2. We don’t need to preach to the choir. Shared leadership is about collaborating with men so men are part of the solution. As Wisconsin Delegate Shauntay Nelson said, we need to focus on “power with instead of power over.”
  3. Women’s equality initiatives will not work unless we include all women, across race, age and experience. Only then will our collective impact bring lasting and fair change.

There is a lot of work to do, and we are Vision 2020 are ready to roll up our sleeves and get to it. Join us!