Bonamici Honors 100th Anniversary of House Passage of Amendment that Gave Women Right to Vote
WASHINGTON, DC [5/21/19] – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) delivered the following remarks in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the House passing the 19th Amendment, which started the process to guarantee women the right to vote:
“Madam Speaker, I rise today to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the House passage of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. Suffragettes across the country bravely fought for decades to make that moment possible, enduring hardship and pervasive discrimination. I think about trailblazing women like Oregon's Abigail Scott Duniway.
“The right to vote empowered women to shape policy, elevated public discourse, and more. We have come a long way. There is a record number of women not only voting, but serving in Congress. With more women at the table, I hope we will finally enact policies that support all women and their rights, including the right to make our own reproductive health care decisions, to affordable childcare, to paid family and medical leave, to retirement security, and to equal pay for equal work.
“We still have work to do. We must continue breaking down barriers so future women leaders of all backgrounds can be heard. Together, we will achieve great things. I urge all of my colleagues to join me in the celebration of the 19th Amendment.”