PROCLAMATION RECOGNIZING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WOMEN’S RIGHT TO VOTE

(Read as “New Business” at the “virtual” Minnesota State Republican Convention)

WHEREAS an organized movement to enfranchise women in the United States began in 1848;

WHEREAS through the efforts of brave and courageous women referred to as “Women Suffragists” dedicated their time and efforts for over 70 years–in order to gain the constitutional right to vote;

WHEREAS this Women’s Suffrage movement led to the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States in 1919, with ratification by 36 states–26 of which were led by Republican legislative majorities–with the last state necessary for ratification in August, 1920; and

WHEREAS women today constitute a majority of voters in the nation, and are running for office in higher numbers, along with being more active in the election process than ever before in history;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the 100th anniversary of women gaining the Right to Vote in the United States and in Minnesota be recognized–for the impact that these historic accomplishments have had on citizen engagement and the civic life of our communities, our State of Minnesota, and the United States of America.

Submitted by Kathy Tingelstad,
State President of the MN Federation of Republican Women
May 30, 2020