Ice cream and voter registration drive for women’s suffrage anniversary

Jayne Flores, Governor’s Community Outreach Federal Programs (GCOFPO) Administrator. (PNC file photo)

This year, Guam participates in the celebration of the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage with something sweet for everyone to enjoy!

A hundred years ago, on June 4, 1919, the 19th Amendment was passed granting women’s constitutional right to vote. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary, the Bureau of Women’s Affairs along with the University of Guam’s Women and Gender Studies Program and the Guam Election Commission will be hosting an ice cream social.

The event is slated for this Thursday, Aug. 29, starting at noon at UOG’s Humanities and Social Sciences Atrium. Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero will be present for a proclamation signing, followed by a resolution presentation from Sen. Amanda Shelton about the importance of voting.

A release out of the Bureau of Women’s Affairs office states that it was not until August of 1920 that the necessary 36 states ratified the amendment, guaranteeing access to the ballot for 27 million American women.

According to Jayne Flores, director of the Bureau of Women’s Affairs, the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission recently contacted the government of Guam, encouraging Guamanians to commemorate its suffrage history and to celebrate the women of our island.

Flores says that there is no better way to do so than getting women AND men to vote. Gearing up for the upcoming 2020 election, the Guam Election Commission will also be on-site from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. to register students and the general public.

“Women are becoming more active in politics, especially with women’s issues. And I think the fact that we have our first Magahaga Governor Lou Leon Guerrero is an impetus for women to get involved with politics and is an inspiration for them,” Flores said.

She added that they plan to have another voter registration drive before the 2020 election primaries to encourage more people of every gender to vote.

“You want to get as many people involved in the political process as you can because if people don’t vote only a few people and a very small margin of the community will make the decisions,” Flores said.

If you are registering to vote, be sure to bring a government-issued photo ID. UOG and Guam Community College student photo IDs will also be accepted forms of identification.