Today, state Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) joined Governor Mike DeWine and state Senator Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) at the signing of Senate Bill 30, which creates the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission to honor the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.
“American suffragettes fought hard to ensure that all women in the United States could vote,” said Senator Williams. “Honoring the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment will highlight the women who dedicated over 70 years to fighting Congress and individual states for the right to vote. I am especially grateful for their relentless efforts. Without their resilience, contributions and commitment to this cause, it may not have been possible for me to be one of the eight women currently serving in the Ohio Senate.”
The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission will be led by the Ohio Secretary of State’s office through the year 2020. It will hold events and raise awareness about the importance of the 19th Amendment as well as educating women on the importance of making their voice heard at the ballot box.
The women’s suffrage movement was a decades-long fight to win the right to vote for women in the United States. After the passage of the 19th Amendment over eight millions women turned out to vote.