SURRY — Girl Scout Troop 823 celebrated 100 years of votes for women by taking part in the statewide Daffodil Tribute on Monday, Oct. 28. The Girl Scouts planted daffodil bulbs at the Surry Memorial Park and the town municipal building.
Troop 823 selected the two locations because of their importance to the local community, places where the memorial can be viewed by many for years to come. Girl Scouts of Maine has partnered with the Maine Suffrage Centennial Collaborative in commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.
“We are thrilled to have dozens of Girl Scout troops from around the state participate in programming around the Women’s Suffrage Centennial, from planting thousands of daffodils, to learning the significance of this historic victory in the women’s rights Movement through our Centennial Patch Program,” said Joanne Crepeau, CEO of Girl Scouts of Maine. “This is just one of many examples of our girls taking the lead to create a lasting impact, like the Daffodil Tribute, in their communities.”
The 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote was ratified by the state of Maine in November 1919. It was officially adopted as part of the U.S. Constitution in August 1920. During that time suffragists in Maine adopted the jonquil (daffodil) flower as their symbol, using cheerful yellow flowers to lobby legislators, hand out at rallies and ask supporters to wear them in their lapels.
The Daffodil Tribute will create a living memorial to the women and men who fought to expand voting rights by bringing people together to plant bulbs in the fall and celebrate massive blooming in the spring.
Learn more about Girls Scouts of Maine at girlscoutsofmaine.org. Learn more about the Maine Suffrage Centennial Collaborative at mainesuffragecentennial.org.