Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representatives Terrie Wood (R-141), Gail Lavielle (R-143), and fellow House Republican members 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 become the 19th Amendment. Sargent’s proposal was not successful in the beginning, but following four decades of rejection by the legislature, the U.S. House of Representative finally passed 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 state 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.
Today, at the state Capitol as the 2019 session draws to an end, women on both sides of the political aisle commemorated this historical day by wearing white.
“Today marks the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s right to vote,” said Rep. Wood. “For decades thousands of women and men fought courageously for this right for all women in our country. I’m grateful to my mother, grandmother and father for keeping this history and privilege alive while stressing the importance of participating in our democracy by always voting. Today, I remember with respect and gratitude all who advocated for this right that we enjoy today.”
“I am proud to join my fellow legislators in celebrating the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment and in commemorating the millions of people who fought for the basic rights we all exercise today,” Rep. Lavielle said. “Just a century ago, women were ineligible to vote in an election, never mind hold public office. These and many other opportunities have opened over the past hundred years — not just for women, but for many in our society. One of our primary jobs as legislators is to make sure this continues. I will keep working with my colleagues to ensure that everyone in our state, now and in the future, has access to a full range of opportunities and can aspire to success in any field.”
The 2019 session adjourns at midnight this Wednesday, June 5th.