Tournament of Roses Parade

If you watched the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2020, you may have seen AJLI Director at Large and former Junior League of Portland President and Sustainer, Kaycee Wiita, who was an outwalker for the ‘Pasadena Celebrates 2020’ float. Kaycee represented the Junior League Movement and the work of Junior League Suffragettes to get the 19th Amendment ratified. The float, representing 100 years since citizens were no longer denied the right to vote on the basis of gender, was the vision of Nan Johnson, a former Director of the Susan B. Anthony University Center at the University of Rochester. The float won the award for ‘most outstanding presentation of the Rose Parade Theme’ and its mission message was as follows: All women and men are created equal and should use their voices to demand equal rights for all. Several descendants of prominent suffragettes such as Ida B. Wells, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cody Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglass rode on the float. Kaycee said, “I was moved by the number of people who told me how the Junior League had impacted their lives or their community and how grateful they were for the work of the Junior League.”