1920 Women Suffrage Victory Rally Draws Crowd to Common

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A crowd, all in white, gathered on the town Common on Aug. 23 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women voters. The event, hosted by the Westford Historical Society and Museum, paid tribute to a group of leaders who’s contributions made a difference in Westford.

They were: Town Moderator and former Select Board member Ellen Harde, Select Board Chair Andrea Peraner-Sweet, community activist Emily Teller, former select board member Madonna McKenzie, and newest select board member, Anita Tonakarn-Nguyen.

Women won the right to vote in 1920 with the passage of the 19th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Purple, gold and white were their representative colors– the same colors lighting the Common through Aug. 27.

Photos by Sarah Fletcher.

UPDATE: The representative colors were added on Aug. 25 and Madonna MacKenzie’s contributions to the town were clarified.