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Suffrage Patch

19th Amendment Final Image

The 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment patch program is exclusively offered by Girl Scouts of Central California South.

From August 26, 2020 until August 25, 2021, Girl Scouts of Central California South will be offering our exclusive patch celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment. This Amendment gave some women the right to vote. It is also commonly documented as the Suffrage Movement.

Suffrage is the right to vote in political elections.

We will also highlight our California State history in relation to the timeline of Women’s Suffrage Nationally. You will discover, connect and take action to learn about the history of and how the 19th Amendment was ratified.

About this patch design:

Senior Level Girl Scouts MaryKathryn N. and Alexis G. of Girl Scouts of Central California South inspired the design of this patch. They earned their Behind the Ballot Badge together and used one of the steps to create a patch that helped all Girl Scouts learn about the history of women's right to vote. Their vision was to have Girl Scouts of different levels looking up to a suffragette. This patch and the curriculum reflects their vision.

19th Amendment Final Image

You can call or email our Goldmine Store to purchase

this patch for pick-up or shipment beginning on October 1, 2020.

Goldmine Store contact information:   or call (800)-490-8653

Additional Patches:

Your Girl Scout can also earn two other patches from GSUSA and the National Park Service. When you see the icons below next to a step, it is also a step for another patch.

Please note: our Council only has our patch, to order the other patches, see order page at the end of this curriculum.

Suffrage Centennial Patch


For all information about this patch go to the GSUSA Store online


 Girl Scout Rangers & the 19th Amendment


For all information about this patch click here!

National Park Service staff will award the limited-edition Girl Scout Ranger 19th Amendment Centennial patch to girls on completion of program requirements. Talk to your contact at the park if you need more information.

How to Earn

How each level can complete this patch: Find your Girl Scout level below and complete the options of your choice in that category Discover, Connect and Take Action.


1-Discover option

1-Connect option

1-Take Action option


2-Discover option

1-Connect option

1-Take Action option


2-Discover option

2-Connect option

1-Take Action option


3-Discover option

3-Connect option

2-Take Action option


3-Discover option

3-Connect option

2-Take Action option


3-Discover option

3-Connect option

2-Take Action option


Listen to Gertrude Foster Brown's Speech

Listen to Gertrude Foster Brown’s speech here. The transcript is at the bottom of that webpage if you would like to read it.

JGL drawing

Sketch by Juliette Gordon Lowe

Look Up 3 Biographies of these Women

Look up the biographies of three of these women at the National Women’s History Museum

  1. Abigail Smith Adams
  2. Alice Paul
  3. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  4. Helen Keller
  5. Jovita Idar
  6. Lucretia Mott
  7. Mabel Ping-Hua Lee
  8. Sojourner Truth
  9. Susan B. Anthony
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Learn about the Declaration of Sentiments

Read the Declaration of Sentiments (which was written in a style to imitate the Declaration of Independence) and tell someone what it means in your own words. (Younger girls may need parent’s help with this) 

Listen to the Songs of the Suffragettes

Listen to the songs of the Suffragettes and hear what songs of the time sounded like. 

Click Here!

Make your own song about voting to a tune familiar to you.

Review the timeline of Women's Suffrage

The right to vote was a long-fought struggle for women in the United States.

Here is a timeline:

  • 1840-Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are barred from attending as representatives to the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London, because they were women.
  • 1848-In Seneca Falls, NY the first Women’s Rights Convention is held. Elizabeth Cady Stanton writes “The Delcaration of Sentiments” creating the agenda of women’s activism for decades to come.
  • 1849-the first state constitution in California extends property rights to women
  • 1850-the first National Women’s Rights Convention in Worchester, Massachusetts. A strong alliance is formed with the Abolitionist Movement.
  • 1861-1865-During the Civil War, the suffrage movement comes to a halt as all energies are directed toward the war effort.
  • 1868-The Fourteenth Amendment is ratified. “Citizens” and “voters” are defined exclusively as male. Many women, including Susan B Anthony, remained single because in the mid-1800s, married women could not own property in their own rights and could not make legal contracts on their own behalf. (Everything went to their husbands.)
  • 1869-Wyoming territory becomes a state with a woman suffrage provision. The first state with the right to vote for women.
  • 1872-Abigail Scott Duniway convinces Oregon Lawmakers to pass laws granting a married woman’s rights such as starting and operating her own business, controlling the money she earns, and the right to protect her property if her husband leaves.
  • 1878-A Woman Suffrage Amendment is proposed in the US Congress. When the 19th Amendment passes forty-one years later, it is worded the same as this 1878 Amendment.
  • 1893-the California legislature passed a bill recognizing women’s suffrage rights. But the governor vetoed the bill, and women were still without the vote.
  • 1911-The elaborate California suffrage campaign succeeds by a small margin, and CA becomes the 6th state with women’s right to vote. Teddy Roosevelt’s Bull Moose Party is the first major political party to support suffrage at the national level.
  • 1916-Nell Richardson and Alice Burke started a cross-country road trip. Setting out from New York, these two women
  • stopped in cities and towns across America to talk about the importance of women’s suffrage. Along the way, the women adopted a cat that became their unofficial mascot. The cat became a symbol of suffrage!
  • Jeannette Rankin of Montana if the first woman elected to the House of Representatives. (She only had the right to vote in her state, she did not have the right to vote nationally, yet she was able to serve in Congress)
  • 1918-Alice Paul, leader of the National Woman’s Party, was put in solitary confinement in the mental ward of the prison to “break” her will and to undermine her credibility with the public.
  • In June, arrests of the National Women’s party picketers begin on charges of obstructing sidewalk traffic. Subsequent picketers are sentenced to up to six months in jail. In November, the government unconditionally releases the picketers in response to
  • public outcry and an inability to stop National Woman’s Party picketers’ hunger strike.
  • 1919-The Senate finally passes the Nineteenth Amendment and the ratification process begins.
  • (The Banner with the Stars of Ratification is started to represent each state as they approve the ratification)
  • August 26, 1920-Three quarters of the state legislatures ratify the Nineteenth Amendment. American women win full voting rights!


Make a Suffrage Cat

Make a suffrage cat with the attached template from the NPS 19th Amendment Patch program.

Click Here!


suffrage cat
Go to a Town Hall Meeting

Learn what it means to have a voice in politics.

With an adult, go to a town hall meeting to find out what kinds of things people are unhappy about. Is there something you hear that makes you want to help, too?

Check out the GSUSA Girl Agenda Civic Action Toolkits to help you bring your cause to life. 

Get Outside

Get Outside!

Women of the Suffrage Movement often hiked or did other outdoor activities to prove they were just as capable as men and worthy of participation in the political process. – Get out with your family and take a hike.

Susan B. Anthony said, “Let me tell you what I think about bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel… the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.” Until the bicycle, women were primarily dependent on men for transportation. The bicycle gave women a safe and inexpensive means to go where they wanted, when they wanted. As cycling became more common, women’s fashions also evolved to allow more freedom of movement. Imagine the first women to ride bicycles with heavy skirts, bustles, and corsets.  --- Go outside with your longest skirt on and see what it is like to ride in the fashions of those days. How can you hold back your skirts so you don’t get them stuck in the chain? 

Make your own Ratification Star

Make your own Ratification Star

Each time a state voted to ratify the 19th amendment, members of the National Woman’s Party sewed a star on their purple, white and gold Ratification Banner. 36 states were needed for ratification. When the last star (Tennessee) was added on August 18th, 1920, it symbolized that the 19th Amendment was the law of the land.

Design your own Ratification Star. How will it represent you? Your town? Or the country? The sky’s the limit!

Click Here!


Make your own Banner

Make your own Banner

While trying to gain equal rights for women, Suffragists often made banners and signs with sayings that they would carry as they walked in parades or picketed on sidewalks. These banners showed others what they were working for.

Do you have something you care enough about to stand in public with a banner? What would your banner look like? Use the attached template in the following pages to design your own banner.


Take Action

Make a Petition About a Cause You Identify

Create a petition for a cause you identify.

Research a need in your community and start a petition for change. Check with the governing entity you plan to address to find out what platform you can use and how many signatures you will need

Teach Younger Girl Scout About the 19th Amendment.

Talk to girl scouts in your troop, or a younger troop, to tell them what you have learned about the anniversary of the 19th amendment.

Work with Your Local Election Office

Find you local election office here

Is there anyway you can volunteer or work for upcoming elections.

Work with Your State for Student Voter Registration.

Find out if your state has a youth/student voting program to engage and educate youth about the right to vote.

If you live in California, go here to find out how you can pre-register to vote once you are 16 years of age.

Support Your Local Women's Shelter

Support your local women's shelter, organize a supply drive to fill their wish list

wish list