Celebrating Her History: Upper School Girls Commemorate the Women's Suffrage Movement

Juniors and seniors in Deborah Brown’s Women’s History class commemorated Women’s Equality Day with a video confirming that their generation is a force to be reckoned with.
“I am impressed with how quickly they put this together,” says Ms. Brown about the video shared at the upper school convocation on August 27. It was a class effort to research the key figures of the women’s suffrage movement. Kiya Brown ’21 handled the filming, editing, and voiceover.

“It’s very important for everyone to know about the suffrage movement, especially since Hutchison is an all-girls school,” said Kiya. “I chose to take Women's History this year, because I was interested in learning about women who were at the center of change. We always hear about the men who made change happen in the world, but I know there were many great women as well that I wanted to learn about.”

The Women’s History video was shared with upper school girls to commemorate Women’s Equality Day on August 26. It was 100 years ago, on August 26, 1920, that the 19th Amendment was officially added to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. Our girls and faculty were given special buttons to commemorate the 100th anniversary. The buttons feature yellow roses, which supporters of women's voting rights—or suffrage—often wore. Other grades at Hutchison are expected to follow suit during this centennial year with projects related to women’s history. Middle school girls, for instance, will help write a show about the 19th Amendment in conjunction with Grace-St. Luke's play about the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

Kiya and her classmates embody what Mary Grimes Hutchison had in mind when she founded a school in 1902 to teach “a student…to think for herself.” Ms. Hutchison was ahead of her time. Today’s students are certainly making her proud.


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Hutchison is the leading private girls school in Memphis for ages 2 years old through twelfth grade.