“Everybody counts in applying democracy. And there will never be a true democracy until every responsible and lawabiding adult in it, without regard to race, sex, color or creed has his or her own inalienable and unpurchasable voice in government.”
– Carrie Chapman Catt, President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association
Educate, inspire, empower. Using the suffragists as role models, the Turning Point Institute (TPI) will pass on the skills and characteristics these women successfully employed by offering a range of ongoing programs. Interactive presentations, webinars, camps and mentoring will center on training youth in leadership, public speaking, political candidacy, social awareness and responsibility, civil rights, fiscal acumen, and equal rights as they apply to present and future generations. Our students will be diverse, from all socio-economic quarters and hail from all parts of the country as did the suffragists.
Our programs are intended to serve as turning points in the lives of our scholars and empower them with the confidence they need to become leaders and advocates for social justice. George Mason University, Gunston Hall, Montpelier, the Workhouse Arts Center, The League of Women Voters, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), numerous businesses and other organizations have already expressed a keen interest in becoming intimately involved in the Turning Point Institute once the memorial is constructed.
Remaining vigilant for equal rights has never been more important than today. After suffrage, Carrie Chapman Catt converted her state suffragist offices into the League of Women Voters that fights for voters’ rights every day. Alice Paul authored the Equal Rights Amendment which is still shy of ratification by three states; she fought for its ratification until her death in 1977. The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia opined that the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution does not protect against discrimination on the basis of gender; women’s equality is still not part of the Constitution. Yes, TPI will be busy ensuring that today’s youth do not take their hard-won rights for granted and that there will always be more to do.