ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) – Minnesota voting rights advocates and lawmakers celebrated a century of women’s suffrage at the state capitol today.
Minnesota became the 15th state to sign into law the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote.
“It’s very hard for us to even imagine that half of Minnesotans were not allowed to vote and participate in their government,” said Sen. Carla Nelson (R) Rochester.
Signs on the traveling exhibit and women dressed head-to-toe in white remind us of the fight that took almost a hundred years.
“The reason that I’m in the Capitol and standing on the capitol steps today is because of all of the strong women including suffragists who went before me,” said Nelson.
The University of Minnesota marching band held a special performance to remember and honor the sacrifices of those who paved the way. Suffragists from the National Woman’s Party were beaten and tortured in jail after picketing outside the white house for the right to vote. Now, a record number of women are serving in congress.
But featured speakers like Josie R. Johnson, who was the first African American to serve on the national board of League of Women Voters note there’s still more work to be done.
“The issues dealing with justice and equality are still very important and relevant,” said Johnson.