Recognizing the Importance of women's Suffrage Everywhere

Upper Peninsula

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The mission of riseUP is to:
  • Commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States,
  • Commemorate the suffrage and acquisition of full citizenship rights by all populations,
  • Highlight the civic and cultural contributions of women,
  • Encourage everyone to exercise their right to vote
19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: (in force 26 August 1920)
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Next event of riseUP or related to riseUP's mission: 
  • Next meeting of riseUP (all welcome):  18 January 2020, Portage Lake District Library, Community Room, Houghton, MI.  Please join us and become part of the celebration.  All committees are open to new members and there are several spots available on the Board.
  • Sounds of Finnish music - Finnish Independence Day - 6 Dec 2019  In honor of the 175th anniversary of the birth of Finland’s beloved feminist writer and champion of the underprivileged – Minna Canth, and centennial of diplomatic relations between the United States and Finland, and looking towards the year 2020 – the centennial of 19th Amendment of the Constitution granting American women the right to vote - the theme of this celebration of word and song will be “Minä olen”: Finnish Women of Strength. The program will include Sibelius pieces by pianist Kathleen Alatalo-Arten, solos by Matti Riutta and Marja Kilpelä and area women representing Finnish and Copper Country Finnish-American women who have impacted our history.  A reception of Finnish and holiday goodies will follow the program.
  • Educating at the Poor Artists Sale, Saturday, 7 December 2019 at the CLK Gymnasium in Calumet from 11am-4pm.  Stop by our booth for information and a sunflower pin (while supplies last).
  • Sirkka: Past and Present, 9 January 2020, 2pm and 6pm, a documentary film by Krisitn Ojaniemi.  Sirkka is alive still and is an early feminist and political progressive. She will turn 100 in 2020.  This is a a project of the Finnish American Heritage Center; contact:  Jim Kurtti. (  This is the opening event of Heikinpäivä  2020.
  • Heikinpaiva Parade on Jan 25 2020, Hancock.  March with riseUP!  11 a.m. – Parade, downtown Hancock. Line up at La Cantina restaurant at 10:30 a.m. Prizes.
  • History of the Suffrage Movement (lecture), Dr. Laura Walikainen Rouleau, Michigan Tech.  Date (early 2020) and location to be announced.
  • Women in Sports presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Benyi.  Date (early 2020) and location to be announced.
  • Petticoat Patriots:  How Michigan Women Won the Vote, Carnegie Museum, Houghton, March 2020.  This travelling display from the Michigan Women's Historical Canter & Hall of Fame will be on display in Houghton at the Carnegie Museum, in March 2020.  Funding for this project is provided by the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country
  • Equal Pay Day (31 March 2020).  Equal Pay Day symbolizes the extra days women work, on average, to catch up to what the average man earned the previous year.  Red is worn on this day as a symbol of how far women and minorities are “in the red.”  Join us in raising awareness of this persistent problem.  In 2020 for the first time Equal Pay Day falls in March (not April).  This represents some progress on the issue of equal pay for women.
  • Women and Women's Suffrage in the Copper Country. April 2020  Display under development at the Carnegie Museum of Houghton.
  • Bridgefest Parade.  riseUP will participate in the 2020 Bridgefest parade, June 2020.
riseUP-Keweenaw Chapter, Board of Directors: (  The Board tends to meet the Friday before the monthly meeting of the whole.
  • Faith Morrison, Secretary
  • Elise Nelson
  • Susanna Peters
riseUP Committees
  • Parade
  • Inclusivity
  • Publicity
  • Exhibits and Events (several subcommittees)
  • Art/Culture
  • Educational Outreach
  • Finance

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Donate to riseUP (THANKS!).  The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country has agreed to be our fiduciary for accepting donations.  Please send your check made out to LWVCC to:  LWVCC, P.O. Box 815, Houghton, MI 49931 with this donor form.  Please write "riseUP" in the memo line of your check. 

riseUP Publicity Posters

riseUP in the News

State and National Press on Suffrage Anniversary

Suffrage History and Background Information
Books on the Suffrage Fight and related fights for gender equality and voting rights in general
Films on the Suffrage Fight and related fights for gender equality and voting rights in general
Podcasts on the Suffrage Fight

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