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19 More Reasons to Celebrate

A march of suffragettes on August 26, 1920

Although the centenary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in the United States, has been celebrated throughout the year, today is the day that the ratification by the final state needed for approval was received and certified by the U.S. Secretary of State, which was required for its incorporation in the U.S. Constitution. While this momentous historic occasion has inspired a wide range of fascinating musical works (two that immediately come to mind are Melissa Dunphy’s Set Myself Free and Tania León’s Stride, which was one of the New York Philharmonic’s 19 commemorative commissions from female composers to mark this 100th anniversary), we decided to celebrate this day by sharing conversations we’ve had with 19 extraordinary women. Of course, we’ve spoken with many more than 19 over these past 21 years and hopefully after reading and listening to all of these you’ll want to explore further.—FJO