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PRINTER'S NO. 1020
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE RESOLUTION
No.
174
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY LAUGHLIN, BROOKS, BREWSTER, STREET, FARNESE,
LANGERHOLC, ARGALL, DINNIMAN, FOLMER, PHILLIPS-HILL, FONTANA,
MARTIN, SCAVELLO, HUGHES, GORDNER, SCHWANK, K. WARD, BROWNE,
COSTA, BAKER, HUTCHINSON, KILLION, YUDICHAK, AUMENT, MENSCH,
BLAKE, TARTAGLIONE, BARTOLOTTA, HAYWOOD, J. WARD AND KEARNEY,
JUNE 18, 2019
INTRODUCED AND ADOPTED, JUNE 18, 2019
A RESOLUTION
Recognizing the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th
Amendment, the constitutional amendment extending equal
voting rights to women.
WHEREAS, Late 19th century and early 20th century political,
legal and social reformers, influenced by progressive Quakers,
abolitionists and feminists, asserted their rights to assemble
and dissent on behalf of women's suffrage; and
WHEREAS, These reformers built a nonviolent mass movement
through decades of strategic activism, concentrated outreach and
persistence as militant dimensions emerged; and
WHEREAS, United States Senator Thomas Palmer, expressing
support for a constitutional amendment for women's suffrage in
February 1885, noted: "In its progress [the suffrage campaign]
has benefited all and injured none"; and
WHEREAS, While some state legislatures passed suffrage laws,
the Congress of the United States blocked or defeated proposed
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constitutional amendments; and
WHEREAS, Liliane Stevens Howard, in a 1915 field report on
women's suffrage in Pennsylvania, observed "[p]lenty of
sentiment in New Castle, [Lawrence County,] but little
inclination to work"; and
WHEREAS, Pennsylvania voters defeated a 1915 Statewide
referendum; and
WHEREAS, On September 30, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson
endorsed women's suffrage as a wartime measure; and
WHEREAS, Approval by Congress followed on June 4, 1919; and
WHEREAS, Pennsylvania, the eighth state to ratify, approved
the measure on June 24, 1919; and
WHEREAS, On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified
as submitted and approved by 36 state legislatures; and
WHEREAS, Millions of women voted in national elections for
the first time in 1920; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Senate recognize the 100th anniversary of
ratification of the 19th Amendment, the constitutional amendment
extending equal voting rights to women.
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