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First lady Melania Trump on Monday announced she would be launching an artwork-focused project for children to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.

The 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, was adopted on August 18, 1920.

The “Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage” initiative will solicit drawings from children between grades 3 and 12 depicting imagery related to the suffrage movement and culminate in a White House art exhibit opening later this summer, according to a news release.

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) held a call in late May to recognize the mask-sewing efforts of Women Working Behind the Scenes. 

Women Working Behind the Scenes is a group of women in the Lebanon area who sew masks for those in the community who need them. The group is co-chaired by Sharon Zook and Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz (D), who were both on the call, along with fellow mask-producers Debra Tice and Missy Swoyer.

Coronavirus is threatening to undo recent gains made toward gender equality as millions of women and girls are predicted to have unwanted pregnancies and fall into poverty, world leaders said.

A “wake-up call” is needed to protect women’s and children’s rights amid the pandemic, said the president of Estonia and former prime minister of New Zealand who held a virtual summit with leaders from Canada, Costa Rica and Senegal and United Nations officials.