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League of Women Voters to Recognize Women Elected Officials At Annual Women’s Equality Day Commemoration
RALEIGH, NC, August 13, 2019 - The League of Women Voters of Wake County will commemorate Women’s Equality Day by recognizing women who were elected and currently serve in state and county offices, on city councils within Wake County, and in the judiciary. The reception begins at 5:30pm on Thursday, August 22nd at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall in Raleigh. The event includes a presentation of the Governor’s proclamation, keynote speaker Mary Williams-Stover of the NC Council for Women and Youth Involvement, and recognition of all elected women in attendance at the event.
The 19th Amendment was first introduced in Congress in 1878 but was not ratified by the necessary three-fourths of the states until 1920. In 1971, Congress declared August 26th Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. North Carolina, however, did not ratify the 19th Amendment until 1971, over fifty years after women in the U.S. were granted the right to vote. League of Women Voters of Wake County President Dianna Wynn states that “while we commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment, it is important to recognize that it was only a partial victory for women’s voting rights. Women of color had to continue the fight for equal voting rights, especially in the Jim Crow South. And Native Americans were not considered US citizens until 1924.”
The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 by suffragists just six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified recognizing women’s right to vote after a 72-year struggle.
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.
Dianna Wynn, President
League of Women Voters of Wake County