Governor signs bill sponsored by Mayfield, fellow legislators to erect Statehouse monument honoring suffragettes

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Wednesday, April 7, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2021) – Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law co-sponsored by State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) to erect a Statehouse monument honoring Hoosier suffragettes.

Mayfield said Senate Enrolled Act 6 extends the Indiana Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission's work to 2024 as they create a Statehouse monument honoring the 19th Amendment. Mayfield co-authored 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.

"As Women's History Month wraps up, we are reminded of the Hoosier women that inspire many of us," Mayfield said. "A monument at the Statehouse is an exceptional way to permanently honor the suffragettes and trailblazers from our state and nation's history."

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.

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State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) represents House District 60,
which includes portions of Morgan and Monroe counties.
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