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On August 26, 2020, exactly 100 years after the 19th Amendment was fully certified into the Constitution, the Commission held a full day of centennial commemorations, including an all-women skydiving demonstration in New York City, a women-led Air Force flyover across the nation’s capital, and a suffrage centennial themed baseball game at Nationals Park. At sundown, the Commission and its partners illuminated the country in purple and gold for the Forward Into Light celebration.

 

All-Women Skydiving Demonstration

On the morning of August 26, the Highlight Pro Skydiving Team, an all-female professional skydiving team focused on inspiring and empowering women, performed a spectacular aerial display across New York City to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

The display, livestreamed on the Highlight Pro Skydiving Team’s Facebook page, had over 1,800 online views. The action began from 4,500 feet in the sky as members of the Highlight team swooped across the city with brightly colored smoke and streamers in the suffrage colors of purple, white, and gold, as well as flying giant suffrage-themed flags.

The demonstration in New York City was part of a series of Highlight jumps at commemorative events around the country, which were developed to honor the centennial anniversary throughout the summer and coordinated in partnership with the Commission. Highlight’s 2020 jump events began in Seneca Falls, New York (the birthplace of the women’s rights movement), with stops in Nashville, Tennessee (the final state needed to fully ratify the 19th Amendment) and Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (home of the Justice Bell, created to promote the cause for women’s suffrage).

 
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Women-Led Air Force Flyover & Suffrage-Themed Major League Baseball Game

The Commission partnered with the U.S. Air Force to honor the suffrage centennial with a women-led helicopter flyover in Washington, D.C. on August 26. The 1st Helicopter Squadron from Andrews Air Force Base flew two UH-1N Huey helicopters over Nationals Park at approximately 6:00pm (ET) at the start of that evening’s baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies. Anna Laymon, Commission Executive Director and Air Force spouse, flew in one of the helicopters with the Air Force crew members.

In collaboration with the Commission, the Washington Nationals named the game's theme as "Women's Suffrage Centennial: 100 Years of the 19th Amendment." Lindsay Ell, country music hitmaker and member of the Song Suffragettes, an all-women singer-songwriter collective that partnered with the Commission in August 2020 to honor the centennial, sang the National Anthem. Actress and comedian Retta, who is a co-host of the Commission's suffrage history podcast And Nothing Less: The Untold Stories of Women's Fight for the Vote, threw the first pitch via video. And Commission Executive Director Anna Laymon and her son invited the teams to "Play Ball!" Throughout the game, the Nationals shared content about the centennial and the history of the suffrage movement on the stadium screens and through social media.

Videos courtesy of the Washington Nationals.

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