Schakowsky Recognizes Anniversary of Historic Moment in Women’s Suffrage

May 21, 2020
Press Release

EVANSTON, IL – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the House Energy and Commerce’s Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, today issued the following statement as House Democrats celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage:

“Evanston, the city I call home, was an epicenter of women’s suffrage movement both locally and for the nation. People like Francis Willard, who didn’t live to see the day women could vote, and Catharine Waugh McCulloch effected change here for the city, the state and beyond. 101 years ago today, the U.S. House passed the 19th Amendment, and on June 10, 1919, Illinois was the first state to ratify the amendment thanks to the leadership of women like McCulloch. This year marks 100 years of women's suffrage, but women of color were forced to wait nearly 50 more years to gain proper access to the ballot box. While much progress has been made, with record numbers of women elected to public office, there is still work to be done. We need women now more than ever to exercise their right to vote, because as I always say, women will save us.”

The 19th Amendment passed the U.S House on May 21, 1919, by a vote of 304-89, and then the U.S. Senate on June 4, 1919, by a vote of 56-25. The amendment was ratified on August 20, 1920.

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