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: None planned due to the pandemic.  Zoom meetings of the whole will be announced here.  All welcome.  All committees are open to new members and there are several spots available on the Board.
  • Book club readings:  Planning in the works for June 2020 by Zoom.  Stay tuned!  The discussion will be recorded and archived on the website of the Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw,
  • Flilmshowing:  Maiden, Wednesday, June 17, 2020 / 6:30pm 308 Cooper Ave., Hancock, MI 49930.  Women's achievements in sport include the thrilling story of Captain Tracy Edwards and her all-woman crew who competed in the 1989-1990 Whitbread Round the World Race.  (documentary, 2019, directed by Alex Holmes)
    Hosted by Faith Morrison and Tom Co..
  • Women’s Suffrage from an African-American Perspective, Jessica Anderson, (New date:  9 August 2020, tentatively by Zoom) 10:30am 2nd Sunday at the Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (KUU), BHK Building.  The Zoom the link can be requested from
  • Friends of Fashion Show, July 12, 2020.  The Friends of Fashion at the Chassell Heritage Center use their collection of vintage clothing and accessories to perform their unique combination of a fashion show, moving exhibit, and history lesson.  In 2020, the Friends of Fashion is including Suffrage in their summer show, as one of 3 segments.  Join us in the Chassell Historical Society Center.
  • 15 August 2020 Suffrage Parade  Led by winged Victory on a white horse, evoking the suffragist parade of 1913 in Washington D.C., this parade will mark the 100th anniversary since the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Significant contributors to the success of the seven-decade suffrage struggle, both national and local, are highlighted.  Come join the celebration!
  • Women and Women's Suffrage in the Copper Country. Opening reception, date TBD, approximate.  Local riseUP researchers are hard at work gathering historical evidence of the fight for women's suffrage in the Keweenaw.  Meet Cora Doolittle Jeffers and her husband Fred A. Jeffers, avid suffragists. Fred became Superintendent and Cora Principal of the Adams Township School District in September 1894.  Jeffers School is named for them.  Cora and Fred worked tirelessly for suffrage from their home in the U.P.  And there's so much more!  The date listed for the opening of the exhibit is approximate, as the materials are under development.  Check back for details. Want to help?  Message us!
riseUP-Keweenaw Chapter, Board of Directors: (  The Board tends to meet the Friday before the monthly meeting of the whole.  The Board is meeting by Zoom.
  • Faith Morrison, Secretary
  • Elise Nelson
  • Susanna Peters
  • You!  To join the board, email
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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