STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2021) – A monument honoring Hoosier suffragettes will be erected at the Indiana Statehouse thanks to a new law sponsored by State Rep. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron).
Aylesworth said Senate Enrolled Act 6 recently signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb extends the Indiana Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission's work to 2024 as they create a Statehouse monument honoring the 19th Amendment. Aylesworth supported the 2019 law creating the commission, which was tasked with commemorating the 100-year milestone of women's right to vote in Indiana, but the group was set to expire this year.
"Getting the 19th Amendment ratified was no easy task, and it took years of continued efforts by amazing women all over the country to make it happen," Aylesworth said. "My Grandmother and her sister are women I have always looked up to for the tireless work they put into the movement before the Amendment was even adopted. Honoring Hoosier suffragettes involved in making this needed change a reality with a monument at the Statehouse will serve as a reminder to keep fighting for what you believe in."
Indiana was the 26th state to ratify the 19th Amendment during a special session on Jan. 16, 1920.
Senate Enrolled Act 6 requires the monument to be installed on the grounds of the Statehouse before Jan. 1, 2024. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more.
State Rep. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron) represents House District 11,
which includes portions of Lake and Porter counties.
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