Posted on June 5, 2019 by jpheasant
HARTFORD – State Representative Robin Green (R-55) and her House Republican colleagues celebrated the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the United States.
The Republican Party played a leading role in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. In 1878, Senator Aaron Sargent (R-California) introduced language in Congress that would eventually become the 19th Amendment. Sargent’s proposal was not initially successful, but following four decades of rejection by the legislature, the U.S. House of Representative finally adopted the resolution on May 21st, 1919, followed by the U.S. Senate two weeks later on June 4th – 100 years ago today. It was ratified on August 18th, 1920 once Tennessee became the 36th to sign on. Over 70 percent of the states to ratify the amendment were led by Republican legislatures. Of those states, twelve had already given women the right to vote before the amendment went into effect.
Republicans were also the first major party to advocate for pay equity – a torch carried by Connecticut House Republicans to this very day.
As the 2019 session draws to an end, women on both sides of the political aisle commemorated this historical day at the State Capitol by wearing white.
“It was an honor to stand alongside all of my fellow legislators and honor the pioneers and women’s rights activists who fought for so many years so that we could have the basic right of voter equality,” Rep. Green said.
The 2019 session adjourns at midnight on Wednesday, June 5th.