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Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast

2020 marks the 100th Anniversary of Congress ratifying the 19th Amendment to the U.S. constitution, which made it illegal to prevent a woman from voting based on her sex. Lighting the Way is commemorating the women’s suffrage centennial and its unfinished legacy all year, and celebrating the fact that Massachusetts ratified the amendment a year earlier on June 25, 1919. To mark that day, the project has released its 100th profile. Rosemary S. Tierney (1932-2020), the first woman to be elected mayor of the City of New Bedford, is the 100th woman to be included in the project.

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Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast explores the historical impact of women from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds who shaped their SouthCoast communities, the nation, and the world. The Project is unearthing remarkable stories of women’s callings that required grit, tenacity, and enduring commitment to their families, careers, and communities.