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League of Women Voters of Wake County Commemorates Centennial of the 19th Amendment
RALEIGH, NC, June 4, 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Wake County (LWV-Wake) joins the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the US Senate’s vote to approve the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on June 4, 1919. This amendment finally declared that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Organizations across the country are sharing stories and images on social media using the hashtag #19thAt100.
In the decades before the 19th Amendment was passed, women fought for the right to cast a ballot, braving consequences from social disapproval to prison and forced feedings. In 1920, the year that the amendment was ratified by the states, suffragists founded the League of Women Voters to “finish the fight” and educate millions about the power of their votes. The fight continues today, as we join our partner groups in working for voting rights for all, fair districts, and clean elections.
The League recognizes that the suffrage movement was less than inclusive: poor women and women of color were pushed to the rear. Their contribution was barely recognized by suffragist leaders, and their right to vote was not truly acknowledged for almost another 100 years. Dianna Wynn, LWV-Wake President, states that “as we prepare to commemorate our 100th Anniversary in 2020, we recognize the lack of inclusion and recognition of women of color in both the suffrage movement and the League’s founding. We must work to right the wrongs of the past as we continue to fight for the voting rights of all.”
The League of Women Voters of Wake County is a grassroots nonpartisan organization dedicated to encouraging citizens’ participation in government and to the understanding of important issues through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters neither endorses nor opposes political parties or candidates. Learn more at www.lwvwake.org.
Communications Coordinator, LWV-Wake