Suffragettes led the way a century ago for the women’s right to vote. Courtesy/wikipedia.com
U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the 100th anniversary of the House passage of the 19th Amendment:
“A century ago, the United States took a critical step forward in women’s equality with the House passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Suffragettes waged a hard-fought campaign to secure their rightful and equal voice in our democracy and we owe deep gratitude to these women for their bravery and courage.
“While this effort was won by brave women of all races and backgrounds, it fell short of guaranteeing the right to vote for women of color – and it wasn’t until years later that women of color could fully exercise their constitutional rights. As we continue to fight for the right of all Americans to vote and celebrate this historic anniversary, it is important to speak the reality of these disparities, so the courageous work done by minority women to achieve equality is remembered and valued.
“Today, despite the historic progress we have made and the historic election of more than 100 women to Congress, there are still concerted attempts across our country to restrict access to the ballot box and strip this fundamental right from millions of Americans – often aimed against women and people of color. We must continue to stand up against these malicious efforts and uplift the voices that call out these injustices.”