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National Archives Foundation Hosts Program for Women’s Suffrage Centennial Featuring Three Female Secretaries of State

August 27, 2020

Today, August 27, 2020, the National Archives Foundation will host a virtual program exploring the role that Secretaries of State play in overseeing their states’ election process in collaboration with the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). The program is part of a week-long series commemorating the women’s suffrage centennial, and highlights the National Archives exhibition and initiative, Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote. The program will be streamed live on the National Archives Foundation YouTube page at 5:00 p.m. E.T. Registration is free and open to the public.

Executive Director of the Foundation Patrick Madden will moderate a bi-partisan discussion between Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman and New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way.

“The safety and security of the November election is top of mind for every citizen,” National Archives Foundation Director Patrick Madden said. “One hundred years ago, women secured the right to vote with the 19th Amendment. Today, these women leaders are in charge of the vote in their states.”

“As female Secretaries of State and Chief State Election Officials, recognizing the 19th Amendment’s anniversary and how far we’ve come as a nation is tremendously important. I’m glad to see my colleagues, who also oversee their state’s archives, participating in this event and I hope viewers will take away vital lessons on modern suffrage,” said NASS President and New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver.

Rightfully Hers is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, AT&T, Ford Motor Company Fund, Facebook, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation, Google, HISTORY ®, and Jacqueline B. Mars. Additional support for National Outreach and Programs provided by Denise Gwyn Ferguson, Maggie and Robert Boroujerdi, BMO Financial Group, The Hearst Foundations, Maris S. Cuneo Foundation, FedEx, Bernstein Family Foundation, and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation/Ambassador Fay-Hartog Levin (Ret.)


About the National Archives Foundation
The National Archives Foundation is an independent nonprofit that increases public awareness of the National Archives, inspires a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage, and encourages citizen engagement in our democracy. The Foundation generates financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs and educational initiatives, introducing America’s records to people around the U.S. and the world. Learn more at

About National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS)
Founded in 1904, is the nation’s oldest, nonpartisan professional organization for public officials. NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. The association has key initiatives in the areas of elections and voting, state business services, and state heritage/archives. Learn more at