2020 Theme: Women of the Frontier
The 2020 Theme, "Women of the Frontier," was chosen because this year marks 100 years since American women won the right to vote. We want to honor the strength, bravery, perseverance, and resilience of our frontier women throughout our history.
There were many women among Oklahoma's Land Run settlers, and they fought hard for their claims. That same frontier spirit saw Oklahoma Suffragettes fighting hard for the vote. In fact, Oklahoma was among the first states to give women the right to vote in 1918, and Oklahoma women like Aloysius Larch-Miller played a key role in the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.
The Woman Suffrage Association of Oklahoma was headquartered right here, in Guthrie, and Margaret Rees, known as "the Mother of Equal Suffrage," served as the first president of the association.
Oklahoma women continue to shape history and change the world to this day. We are honored to have as our Parade Marshal, Bridadier General (Retired) Theresa M. Casey, an amazing example of what frontier women can and have achieved.
Congratulations to our strong women of the frontier on the 100th anniversary of your victory in the fight for the vote. We're so proud of all of you.