May's Vote 

January 12, 2021

May’s Vote — a play about the two women who led the campaign that won the vote for women in Washington State in 1910 — is coming to Plymouth Church UCC for two virtual performances at the end of January! Don’t miss your chance to get to know these fascinating women. Learn about how Washington State’s victory became a turning point in the fight to win the vote for women nationwide — and about the important role that Plymouth Congregational Church played in the Washington State campaign.

Virtual Performances:

  • Tuesday, January 26, 2:30 pm (Pacific Time)
  • Friday, January 29, 6:30 pm. (Pacific Time)

Tickets for May’s Vote can be reserved through the Key City Public Theater website (Click here)

Please consider donating to University Congregational UCC to help offset the costs of presenting May’s Vote! Once costs are met, 50% of donations will go directly to the artists.

After you reserve tickets and check out, you will receive a Confirmation email, with a link for viewing the performance.  It will also include a link to the Online Giving page of the University Congregational UCC website. Choose “May’s Vote” on the drop-down “Select a fund” menu.

You can also access the Giving page directly here.

Donations by check can be sent to University Congregational UCC at:  4515 16th Ave NE, Seattle, WA  98105.  Please include “May’s Vote” on memo line.

For questions or problems, please email

Notes on the Play

Prim and proper Emma Smith DeVoe and outrageous, flamboyant May Arkwright Hutton worked side by side — but seldom eye to eye — to win the vote for women in Washington State in 1910. Emma and May were as different as night and day, which makes for a very lively play!

Written by Toni Douglass, May’s Vote has toured extensively throughout Washington in the past. In 2020, in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment (and the 110th anniversary of Washington’s victory), a new production was mounted by Key City Public Theatre in Port Townsend, under a Votes for Women Centennial Grant from the Washington State Historical Society.

Historical Notes

Plymouth Congregational (and other Seattle churches) played an important role in the Washington suffrage campaign. In the summer of 1909, conventions for the state and national suffrage organizations were scheduled in Seattle, in conjunction with the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.

Plymouth Congregational Church hosted these conventions, and the support of many other churches and ministers was enlisted in planning them. The conventions culminated with the celebration of Suffrage Day at the A-Y-P Exposition.

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