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Art Force 5 celebrates centennial of 19th amendment with Seneca Falls appearance

Alfred University’s Art Force 5, which began celebrating the lives of pioneering woman months ago with NFL-themed jerseys, today is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment’s passage in Seneca Falls, where the women’s suffrage movement began in the early 19th century.


SENECA FALLS, NY – Alfred University’s Art Force 5, which began celebrating the lives of pioneering woman months ago with NFL-themed jerseys, today is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment’s passage in Seneca Falls, where the women’s suffrage movement began in the early 19th century.

According to Art Force 5 coordinator Dan Napolitano, who serves also as assistant dean of Alfred University School of Art and Design and Performing Arts Division, approximately 40 individuals are traveling to Seneca Falls today to celebrate the 19th amendment centennial. Each individual will wear an NFL-styled jersey sporting an image of a woman who has played or continues to play a key role in the women’s right movement.

The individuals, socially distancing, will read biographies of the women, paying homage to the groundbreaking contributions each woman has made to women’s rights.

In announcing the project, Napolitano noted Alfred University’s Art Force 5 began using NFL-themed jerseys to celebrate women’s rights in 2019. “The program strives to make accessible conversations about equality through fun, community art,” Napolitano said.

The U.S. Congress passed the 19th amendment on June 4, 1919. On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment, providing the three-quarters majority of states necessary to add the amendment to the Constitution.