Women’s Vote Centennial

Women’s Vote Centennial

Who Were the First Women to Register to Vote in Flagler County?


In anticipation of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, American Association of University Women (AAUW) Flagler is on a mission to identify, if possible, the first women to have registered to vote in Flagler County. We have unlocked quite a bit of this hidden history in Flagler; but, we know history and memories are passed down through the generations. We want to hear the stories of the grandmothers and great-grandmothers who voted on Nov. 2, 1920, as told by their families. Alice Scott Abbott proudly worked with the National Woman’s Suffrage. She delivered the first lecture in the State of Florida during the State Convention of 1893, held in St. Augustine. She fervently implored the ‘Dear Women of Flagler’ to register “in time so no one can challenge their vote in the coming election” with her letter of October 7, 1920, published by the Flagler Tribune. Sadly, she passed away, twelve days before November’s historic election.

Complete List of Flagler County Women Eligible to Vote in 1920 ElectionClick on the link below to read Alice Scott Abbott’s letter and learn about the organizational meeting that was held to locate descendants

Dear Women of Flagler Invitation

Read the News-Journal article about the first women registering and voting in Flagler County


Listen to radio interviews about our First Women to Register and Vote in Flagler County project




AAUW Flagler Partners with Painting With a Twist to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment  September 20, 2019 

AAUW Flagler Co-President, Theresa Owen; AAUW FL President, Pat Ross; AAUW Flagler Publicity Chair and FL Womens Vote Centennial Chair, Kimble Medley and AAUW Flagler President-Elect, Patti Paukovich with Owner-Painting with a Twist, Cyndi Morelewicz, Studio Manager, Sara DeLong and Studio Artists, Ginny LeJeune and Jolene DuBray

Women voting art designs

Four designs celebrating 100 years of women voting









AAUW Flagler and Painting with a Twist unveiled the newest additions to the Painting with a Twist design catalog.  AAUW Flagler reached out to Cyndi Morelewicz, owner, and Sara DeLong, studio manager of Painting with a Twist, Palm Coast, to develop a design that celebrates next year’s 100 Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.  The creative process began this past March.  Painting with a Twist corporate office approved and added four new designs celebrating the day when American women WON the right to vote.

Click on the link below to read News-Journal Online coverage of this event.



Women's Vote Centennial Chair and Co-Presidents Susie Baird and Theresa Owen located the grave marker for local suffragist Alice Scott Abbott at the Espanola Cemetary in Flagler County.

Women’s Vote Centennial Chair and Co-Presidents Susie Baird and Theresa Owen located the grave marker for local suffragist Alice Scott Abbott at the Espanola Cemetery in Flagler County – December 13, 2019


Click on the link below to learn more about the first females to register to vote in Flagler County

Note: African American Women Voters Highlighted with Yellow
Women Buried at Espanola Highlighted with Blue
Identified Headstones at Espanola are underlined

Flagler Women Voters Black Voters and Espanola Cemetery


The branch partnered with the Flagler County Public Library to set up a display of women’s suffrage related items, also included was:

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence – a poster exhibition which celebrates the Centennial of the 19th Amendment. Visitors to the library will be provided with the opportunity to explore one of the longest reform movements in American history. Fashioned from the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition, women’s political activism and racism that challenged universal suffrage are addressed and explored throughout the exhibit.

Rightfully Hers – a pop-up exhibit presented through a collaboration with the National Archives Foundation and the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, showcases simple messages that explore the history of the march to ratification, women’s voting before and after the 19th Amendment, and its impact, today. Although it would forever enshrine a woman’s right to vote in the U.S. Constitution, many women remained unable to vote for decades following its passage.