First Lady Melania Trump welcomed young American student artists to a patriotic ceremony in front of the White House, in honor of our nation’s 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.  Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, is an art exhibit honoring the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. 

Earlier this summer, Mrs. Trump asked that young artists submit artwork depicting the historical journey of American women as they fought for the right to cast their votes.  Students from around the country answered the First Lady’s call and sent in hundreds of different works celebrating the 19th amendment and the brave women who made it happen.

“It is these women and their brave actions that have provided strength and inspiration to so many mothers, daughters, and sisters who have stamped their own mark on our country, ensuring future generations of women have the ability to pursue their dreams,” the First Lady told the crowd on this sunny summer morning in August. August is National Women’s Suffrage month.

Many women members of President Trump’s administration joined the First Lady for this historic celebration.  Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos talked with young girls who had traveled from Michigan and were so proud to snap their pictures with the Secretary. Secretary Elaine Chao congratulated many of the proud parents and relatives of the student artists who were in attendance. 

Members of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission also joined Mrs. Trump to highlight these works of art.  The members of this commission undertook the task to commemorate and coordinate the nationwide celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. They have worked diligently on behalf of all Americans and should feel proud they have played a part in this chapter of our American history.

Forward through the Darkness: Forward into Light is the historic suffrage slogan. As we near the end of this suffrage month, we can continue to search for light.