In the winter of 1919, Detroit was quite a different place than it is today. Ford Model Ts chugged down the bustling streets, Prohibition was in full swing, and most importantly, Michigan was in the midst of becoming the third state to ratify the 19th Amendment. It seems totally bizarre to think that out of the United States’ 243 years as a country, we spent the first 143 not letting us gals have a voice in elections. However, with Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016 and more women than ever holding positions as elected officials, we have come a long way in the last 100 years since we gained the right to vote.
On March 9 at 6:30 p.m., the Detroit History Club will be celebrating the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage with an authentic evening recreating a turn-of-the-century suffragette ball.
Held at the historic Detroit Yacht Club, they promise a night filled with jazz music, a three-course meal, secret Prohibition-era cocktails, hand-rolled cigars, and hidden gambling tables. Guests are required to dress the part and don swanky 1919 glitz and glamor, making sure to include a ribbon or corsage, like those real suffragettes wore back in the day, to show their support.
You can find tickets here for $175, but you will also have to become a member of the Detroit History Club to partake in the festivities. Luckily, it’s only five bucks to hop on the membership wagon, which will also get you access to other events throughout the year. The best part is that a portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the League of Women Voters Education Foundation and their effort to assure all Americans have the ability, honor, and dignity of a fair vote.
So, drape on those family jewels, straighten your bowtie, and get ready to Charleston the night away! For more info on the Detroit History Club, check out their website.