|Posted:||July 9, 2020 03:28 PM|
|From:||Representative David M. Maloney, Sr.|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment|
|In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution that commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution.
The 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote, a right known as women’s suffrage. For many years women’s voting groups worked for passage of a constitutional amendment to guarantee women the right to vote. Several of those groups merged in 1890, forming the National American Women’s Suffrage Association, and combined their efforts to make this goal a reality. In 1896, leaders of more than 100 African American women’s clubs united to form the National Association of Colored Women, their goal was to promote equality for women, as well as to raise funds for projects benefitting women and children and opposing segregation and racial violence. Because of the work of groups such as these, a petition containing 500,000 signatures in support of an amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote was presented to President Woodrow Wilson in 1915.
Pennsylvania was the 7th state to ratify the Amendment, doing so on June 24, 1919. After the agreement of three-fourths of the states was obtained in 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation which commemorates this important anniversary in our nation’s history.
Introduced as HR947