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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Rep. Green Marks Women’s Equality Day

August 26, 2016
Press Release
Today Marks the 96th Anniversary of the Adoption of the 19th Amendment, Guaranteeing a Woman’s Right to Vote

HOUSTON – Today, Rep. Green marked Women’s Equality Day, when we celebrate the 96th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which ensured a woman’s right to vote.

“On Women’s Equality Day, we celebrate one of the great leaps forward for our democracy – finally giving women the right to vote,” Rep. Green stated. “When women won the vote, we honored our most fundamental values as a nation.”   

This day is a day to honor the memories of such giants of the suffragette movement as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Sojourner Truth. These women showed enormous courage for decades in fighting for women’s rights, but unfortunately none of them lived to see women gain the right to vote. It took 72 years between the first major women’s rights conference at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, and the adoption of the 19th Amendment in 1920. 

Highlighting the courage of the suffragettes, on November 5, 1872, Susan B. Anthony cast a ballot in the presidential election, although women at the time were prohibited from doing so. Two weeks later, she was arrested, and the following year, there was a trial and she was found guilty of illegal voting. Fortunately, President Ulysses Grant pardoned her so she didn’t go to prison. But it would take another 48 years until the 19th Amendment would finally grant women nationwide the right to vote.

“On this Women’s Equality Day, let us rededicate ourselves to policies that ensure women can fully participate in our economy and reach their full potential, knowing that when women succeed, America succeeds,” Rep. Green concluded.