Today is Connecticut’s Primary Day, with all three polling places in Wilton open from 6 a.m.- 8 p.m., and absentee ballots accepted through the end of the day. After voting in person or absentee, download on of the special, Wilton-only “I VOTED” stickers to post on social media.
Wilton’s town-wide Suffragist Sticker Project celebrates the 152 women in Wilton who voted in 1920. The bi-partisan effort is supported by several Wilton organizations and officials, including the League of Women Voters, the Wilton Historical Society, the DTC, the Wilton Library, the Wilton Garden Club, and more.
Pamela Hovland, Wilton woman, designer, educator, and activist, spearheaded the idea to make the customized “I-Voted” stickers after an initial call from First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s suffrage as a town (which was then led by Sarah Gioffre, Wilton’s Coordinator of Community Affairs).
Most of the events that had been planned to commemorate the anniversary had to be scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The stickers highlight the contributions of four ordinary-turned-extraordinary Wilton women who made it possible for 152 women to register to vote for that first 1920 election after the 19th amendment was ratified. Their advocacy, determination, and persistence changed not only local law, but local culture, making Wilton ripe for this change.
One hundred years ago, a national victory struck a personal chord in Wilton, where the fight for Women’s suffrage was long and fierce. The advocacy of Grace Knight Schenck, a brilliant surgical nurse and president of the Wilton Equal Franchise League, extended even into her personal life, where her pony bore the name ‘Suffragette.‘ Wilton teacher Alice Merwin Eakland supported the Wilton League of Women Voters while also leading a Girl Scout league, while Hannah Ambler dutifully maintained a running record of progress toward suffrage in well-loved “scrapbooks,” in-between running her family’s large, operational farm.
GOOD Morning Wilton is honored to provide the stickers for readers to download and post on social media to pay hommage to the groundbreakers as well as demonstrate completing their civic responsibility for voting.
To download these stickers, right-click on each image and ‘save image as’…